Video Shows Daycare Teacher Throwing Child Against Cabinet, Splitting Her Head Open
After the toddler's head was wounded; the staffer sent a note stating, “She fall.”
ST. LOUIS, MO — On February 1, a three-year-old student at the Brighter Daycare and Preschool in north St. Louis suffered an injury that split her head open, sent her to a hospital, and required seven stitches to close.
The unnamed teacher in charge of the child reportedly claimed it was an accident. Recently released surveillance video, however, shows the staffer dragging the girl across the classroom and forcefully throwing her against a cabinet. Afterward, the teacher reportedly sent a note to the girl’s parents that stated, “She fall.”
The child’s family, who has asked to remain anonymous, hired attorney Jennifer Hansen to take legal action regarding the incident. Speaking to the press, Hansen said, “In no world did this family have any idea that what was called a fall was actually an assault until they came to see that video.”
Compounding the offense, Hansen added, “is that the daycare director told the family that she did not watch the surveillance tape until the family was with her."
Hansen further alleged that Brighter Daycare and Preschool staffers could have reviewed the surveillance footage in the aftermath of the injury, but they didn’t.
Even worse, Hansen said, “They allowed the daycare worker who assaulted this little girl to continue to work at the facility for five additional days."
The child’s family wasn’t aware of the video until those five days had passed, when a relative of the child used a cellphone to record the footage.
In the wake of this incident, local TV station KTVI reported multiple cases of state child-care inspectors reporting kids getting hurt at Brighter Daycare and Preschool in 2018 and 2016.
Daycare director Sharon Williams has refused to talk to the press, citing the ongoing investigation.
In an official statement, Williams’ attorney said that the staffer on the video had been fired and further declared: “All teachers and staff are properly trained and extremely qualified. Providing a quality education in a safe environment is of the utmost importance to our teachers and staff. It has always been our policy to notify the proper authorities and to fully comply with any investigation. We have and will continue to follow said policy.”