The parents of two 3-year-old children are suing three Dover, Del., daycare workers for allegedly forcing their children to fight. The female employees were arrested and criminally charged last August with assault, conspiracy, and endangering the welfare of a child, reports the Daily Mail.
In a cell phone video recorded by one of the staffers, after a toddler screams, “He’s pinching me,” a daycare worker is overheard responding to the children’s cries by stating, “No pinching, only punching.”
The video then captures one of the toddlers halfway through the fight crying and wanting to stop the fight. The child is then seen going to Lisa Parker, 47 (pictured right) for comfort, but instead of coddling the child and ending the fight, Parker is seen “physically restrain[ing] the fleeing child and forc[ing] him to continue to fight,” according to the complaint.
Tiana Harris, 19 (pictured left), Estefania Myers, 21 (pictured center) are caught on the video laughing as the two children “violently punch each other,” according to the suit.
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According to the lawsuit, the fight between the toddlers, which occurred last March at the Hands of Our Future Daycare (pictured below), was not an isolated incident.
Now the trio faces second-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and conspiracy.
The parental suit states that there was intentional infliction physical and emotional distress, and accuse the daycare’s owners of negligence and breach of contract.
The day care, which is now on probation with the state, had its license suspended after police filed the charges. The suspension was lifted on Oct. 5. The center’s license was reinstated because the owners did not know about the alleged incidents. Center owners and remaining staff attended training sessions on child-behavior management and mandatory abuse reporting rules, according to the Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families, which houses the Office of Child Care Licensing.