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A Florida preschool trainer is going through felony baby abuse expenses after allegedly placing a 4-year-old boy repeatedly on a college playground.
In accordance with a press launch from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Workplace, Ashley Richards (above) was cuffed and charged on Wednesday with one rely of kid abuse within the third diploma. The 32-year-old was allegedly recorded punching a younger boy within the head on the playground of KinderCare Studying Heart in Dunedin because of a witness who heard the boy’s screams and captured the alleged incident on their mobile phone.
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The press launch said:
“The witness noticed Richards yelling on the sufferer and repeatedly punching the kid with each an open and closed fist to the again and aspect of the pinnacle. Richards was additionally noticed pushing the kid to the bottom and yelling ‘Would you like me to hit you?’ The incident was captured on the witness’ mobile phone.”
Officers considered the mobile phone footage, in keeping with an arrest affidavit, which reportedly confirmed the trainer pulling the boy over her legs and repeatedly punching him as he shouted in ache. The witness advised police they began recording the incident after observing the trainer push the 4-year-old to the bottom.
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When police interviewed the boy, the kid stated he was combating along with his brother and was hit by Richards “as a type of punishment,” the affidavit said. Authorities then interviewed Richards, who allegedly denied punching or placing the kid; she claimed the boy was upset and she or he was merely consoling him.
Colleen Moran, the general public relations supervisor for KinderCare, the place Richards has labored as a preschool trainer since March 2021, stated the trainer has been positioned on “administrative depart” as authorities examine the incident. The rep stated in a press release:
“The trainer’s alleged actions don’t mirror who we’re or the coaching we offer our lecturers. We’re working with the police to find out what could or could not have occurred. Within the meantime, the trainer concerned is on administrative depart till additional discover.”
Richards has been launched from the Pinellas County Jail on $5,000 bond and has not but entered a plea. Primarily based on these harrowing particulars, it appears like she’s gonna have a tough time proving her innocence.
[Image via Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office]