A confronting video of a childcare worker slapping a child across the face has been released.
When Cassie Sullivan went to Bright Beginning Childcare in Ohio to pick up her youngest son who had a fever, she noticed her eldest son, 3, was visibly upset and saw what she described as a “welt” on his face.
When she asked her son what had happened, she said at first he refused to speak but he eventually opened up.
“He pointed inside the daycare and said ‘she hurt me’” the tearful mother told local media abc13.
Ms Sullivan said she reported the incident to the owner of the 24 hour childcare centre, who allowed the mum to watch surveillance video. Ms Sullivan said what she saw on the video ‘sickened’ her.
In the video the a staff member can be seen feeding Ms Sullivan’s son, when he spat out some food, the woman then allegedly raised her hand and slapped the 3-year-old across the face.
“It’s horrible she struck him very, very, very hard to where he almost fell,” she said.
According to the childcare centre, which addressed the incident on its Facebook page on Wednesday (local time), the staff member in the vision was “fired immediately and removed from the premises”.
“A former employee treated one of my daycare children in a way that is unacceptable,” the post by the owner read.
The post went on to say that the incident had been reported to local police and the owner apologised to Ms Sullivan and her family.
“I want her to go to jail,” the mother told a local news outlet as tears streamed down her face. “Who knows how many other kids she’s victimised like that,” she added.
ABC reported that the boy is doing well ‘physically’ but is still shaken by the incident.
The owner of Bright Beginning Childcare assured parents they are doing everything they can to avoid a repeat of the incident, saying staff were undergoing “additional training, to prevent this from happening again”.
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