Two day care employees Erica Kenny, 22, and Chanese White, 28 were charged earlier this week for staging fights between toddlers and publishing the results on Snapchat, prosecutors say.
Day care workers arrested for staging fights between 4-year-olds
Two day care employees were charged earlier this week for staging fights between toddlers and publishing the results on Snapchat, prosecutors say.
In the snapchat video about a dozen children, boys and girls between the ages 4 and 6 were seen fighting; throwing each other to the ground; hitting each other.
The employees have been charged for encouraging the fights, which they captured on camera. Luckily, no children were seriously injured. The employees have been fired.
Prosecutors say the Snapchat story showed at least a dozen children throwing each other to the ground and swinging punches. It included the caption "Fight Club" and a voice matching Kenny’s can be heard referencing the 1999 film as she encourages them to fight.
While the Snapchat offenders could have gotten away with the fights as their videos disappeared within 24 hours, someone who saw the Snap recorded it and provided a copy to investigators, CBS New York said.
“It’s really freaking me out at the moment,” a mother of a child who attends the day-care center said: “I want to go home and ask my son if he saw anything like this. He came home with a broken finger once, and now I’m worried about what happened while he was there.”
Kenny and White are facing fourth degree child abuse charges. Kenny faces an additional charge of putting children in danger. If convicted, she could face up to five years in prison. White could earn 18 months. The two will appear in court on Friday.
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