CLEVELAND – Two daycare workers were fired and one of them charged with assault stemming from a Tuesday incident where the mother of a 1-year-old says she saw video footage of her child being struck by the worker.
“I went to my son’s daycare and I seen (sic) the actual video of her walking up to him and just smacking him right in the face,” said the boy’s mother, who did not want to be identified.
According to court records, Candice Linder was arraigned Friday and will make another court appearance next week.
The owner of Brown’s Town of Tiny Tots on Union in Cleveland said he is “shocked and upset,” and adds this type of behavior is not something they condone. The owner declined to give his name but said he is cooperating with the investigation.
When asked, he could not provide details as to when Linder was hired. He said this type of behavior has not occurred in the past.
“I was angry,” explained the boy’s grandmother who did not want to be identified. “I was furious. I was livid. I couldn’t believe it.”
She added, “I sent him there thinking he was in good hands. All the people I met, they were older ladies. They were nice. That’s the reason why I sent him there. For him to be mistreated like that, that was dead wrong and they all knew about it. They didn’t say anything.”
An administrator at the daycare confirmed a second unnamed employee was also fired due to the incident. The administrator said state officials who issue licenses for daycare facilities have reviewed the video footage.
According to the child’s family, they participate in a program where the county pays for the boy to go to daycare.
The boy’s mother said she was initially given excuses when she first noticed injuries on her son’s face.
“Said she didn’t know. Maybe it was a scratch, maybe he did it. His nails was (sic) long. Just making up excuses,” said the child’s mother.
The child’s family said the surveillance video was not initially shown in full by Linder. The next day, the boy’s mother was able to view the portion where her child was struck after repeated attempts.
Since the incident, the child’s family said he has healed. But now, they question the safety of the daycare and have a message for other parents:
“If you can, keep your kids close to you with family and close friends, and that’s it.”