Three daycare workers in Dover, Del., are facing charges that include assault and endangerment after police say they forced two 3-year-old children in their care to fight each other. Police became aware of the incident, which is alleged to have taken place five months ago, after an officer saw a cell phone video of the pint-size pugilism this weekend. Dover police detective Tim Stump told CBS News that in the video, “clearly one of the children is crying and does not want to continue on, and he is pushed back into the fray by one of the adults.”
The 75 parents whose children attend Hands of Our Future daycare center at 868 S. State St., gathered for a meeting at the Dover police station last night. The video was not shown; police say it will not be made public. As may be expected, the parents were aghast at the allegations. ”I know these teachers. I go on all the field trips. I’ve never seen anything irregular,” Amy Bickerling, the mother of a 4-year-old who attended the daycare, told Delaware Online.
The three workers arrested are Tiana Harris, 19, Lisa Parker, 47, and Estefania Myers, 21. They are each charged with two counts of second-degree assault and reckless endangering, nine counts of endangering the welfare of a child and conspiracy, according to Stump. The daycare center where they worked has had its license suspended.