Day care teacher charged with battery
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A teacher at a day care in Cross Lanes has been charged with battery following an incident with a student on the facility’s playground.
According to the criminal complaint, Jacklyn Williams, 19, of Cross Lanes, worked at Cross Lanes Child Care and Learning Center as the teacher in the 2-year-old classroom.
An investigation uncovered that on May 14, Williams became angry with a child in her class for not following directions and throwing a rock.
The complaint states that Williams was seen by other employees pushing the boy to the ground, grabbing the victim’s face and yelling at him.
“She’s a monster,” the victim’s parent, Sierra Brothers, told WSAZ. “How could you put your hands on a child? How could you get in their face like that and scream and yell at them? It wasn’t a moment of losing your temper.”
Sierra and her wife, Lakeisha, said they never expected something like this to happen to their child, and he used to love learning before this incident. They are now pushing for change to ensure this never happens to another child in day care.
“He knows what happened,” Lakeisha Brothers said. “He knows what kind of treatment he’s received there. He talks about it. He tells us, ‘the teacher was mean. She yelled at me.’ He even mentions a time when the teacher threw a ball at his face really hard.”
The small portion of the physical contact that was recorded on a cellphone has been submitted into evidence, officials say.
Cross Lanes Child Care and Learning Center declined an opportunity to comment about the incident. The West Virginia DHHR said it is not allowed to comment on the incident, if the day care is under investigation or if Williams is still allowed to work in child care.
A number of other employees who witnessed the incident, including Elise Hill, said they quit over how it was handled. Hill said she reported abuse at the facility more than 40 times to management and the DHHR without any actions being taken.
“I saw Jackie drag kids down the hallway, force kids down,” Hill said. “I mean, pull kids’ hair, and I couldn’t stand it.”
“It was very shocking,” Hill continued. “I don’t feel like a place like that a place like that, that has all of this going on, has allowed abuse to occur, should be open.”
While Williams has been formally charged in the case, she will not be arraigned on the battery charge until 0 a.m. July 14.
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