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When parents drop off their children at child- or daycare facilities, they trust that the administrators and workers at those establishments will take proper care of their youngsters. Daycare facilities are, after all, among the most highly regulated industries nationwide, with a massive amount of training and certification required to open and operate such a business. Some of these workers may not be perfectly qualified for their positions, however, which can lead to allegations of child abuse and other criminal charges. Imagine the everyday stress and difficulty of dealing with strangers’ children. At some point, a worker is likely to lose emotional control. A Pennsylvania daycare worker must now mount a criminal defense against allegations that she abused two children, ages 2 and 11, before abandoning them at a Philadelphia daycare facility. The woman, age 57, was employed at a 24-hour daycare center. The children’s mother dropped them off that evening. The incident is thought to have occurred at about 10 p.m. on Sept. 15. Authorities say the woman first shoved the 11-year-old and then hit the younger child in the face for urinating in his own clothing. When the girl called police officers from the building, the woman allegedly locked the pair inside the daycare facility and left. The defendant in this case had passed a background check to work with children. The owner of the facility said she received a call from the woman later that night. She said the children were difficult to handle, but she denied leaving them alone at the facility. Investigators have not yet reviewed surveillance cameras at the facility, which will provide them with the evidence they need to validate or refute the charges against the woman. At this point, the word of an 11-year-old child must stand against that of a fully grown adult. News reports show that the children’s mother called the incident an unfortunate accident. She said she hopes the defendant in this case can get the help she needs if she is found to have struck the children. The woman’s bail was set at $100,000 in connection with the allegations.

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Source:  www.nbcphiladelphia.com, “Day care worker accused of abusing brother, sister” Danielle Johnson & Dan Stamm, Sep. 16, 2013

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