Cincinnati day care suspended after employee indicted for allegedly assaulting toddler

The day care where an employee is accused of assaulting a toddler has been suspended.The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services issued a suspension order on March 29 against Small Kids Adventures Learning Center.The suspension requires the day care to cease operations pending the final determination of its license status.The day care is required to notify all families with children in the day care that their license has been suspended and they will not be operating. They will be closed until the investigation is over starting at 6 pm Tuesday. Cincinnati police said the suspension comes after investigators started looking into reported abuse of a toddler at the day care. ODJFS then initiated its own investigation. An employee of the day care is now facing charges after allegedly grabbing the hair of a 1-year-old, dragging the child across the room at a day care facility.Kristian Hemmitt, 27, has been indicted on one count of felonious assault, two counts of child endangering and one count of tampering with evidence. If convicted on all charges, she faces the maximum possible sentence of 11 years in prison, Deters said.The incident happened on March 3 when Hemmitt was working as a caretaker at Small Kids Adventures Learning Center.Surveillance video from the day care shows Hemmitt going up to the 1-year-old, grabbing the child by the hair, lifting her off the ground and dragging her across the room.Hemmitt then appears to jerk the child back and forth while ripping her hair out before dropping her to the ground. Hemmitt later attempted to cover the bald spots on the victim’s head and get rid of the hair that was ripped from her head. “This is every working parent’s worst nightmare. To leave your child at a facility that is responsible for their care and to have this happen is sickening. There is simply no justification for why someone would do this to a 1-year-old baby, “Prosecutor Joe Deters said.The Cincinnati Police Department is investigating to determine if any other child has been harmed by this woman.Any parent who believes their child may be a victim can call the Cincinnati Police Department at 513-263-8300 and ask for Detective McCoy or Detective Delk.

The day care where an employee is accused of assaulting a toddler has been suspended.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services issued a suspension order on March 29 against Small Kids Adventures Learning Center.

The suspension requires the day care to cease operations pending the final determination of its license status.

The day care is required to notify all families with children in the day care that their license has been suspended and they will not be operating. They will be closed until the investigation is over starting at 6 pm Tuesday.

Cincinnati police said the suspension comes after investigators started looking into reported abuse of a toddler at the day care. ODJFS then initiated its own investigation.

An employee of the day care is now facing charges after allegedly grabbing the hair of a 1-year-old, dragging the child across the room at a day care facility.

Kristian Hemmitt, 27, has been indicted on one count of felonious assault, two counts of child endangering and one count of tampering with evidence.

If convicted on all charges, she faces the maximum possible sentence of 11 years in prison, Deters said.

The incident happened on March 3 when Hemmitt was working as a caretaker at Small Kids Adventures Learning Center.

Surveillance video from the day care shows Hemmitt going up to the 1-year-old, grabbing the child by the hair, lifting her off the ground and dragging her across the room.

Hemmitt then appears to jerk the child back and forth while ripping her hair out before dropping her to the ground.

Hemmitt later attempted to cover the bald spots on the victim’s head and get rid of the hair that was ripped from her head.

“This is every working parent’s worst nightmare. To leave your child at a facility that is responsible for their care and to have this happen is sickening. There is simply no justification for why someone would do this to a 1-year-old baby, “Prosecutor Joe Deters said.

The Cincinnati Police Department is investigating to determine if any other child has been harmed by this woman.

Any parent who believes their child may be a victim can call the Cincinnati Police Department at 513-263-8300 and ask for Detective McCoy or Detective Delk.

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