Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Police: Day care workers urged toddlers to fight while they video taped it at daycare center

DOVER, DE — Three Delaware day care workers videotaped a fight between 3-year-old boys in their care and encouraged the toddlers to pummel each other as they laughed about it, according to court documents.

The three women were charged Monday with assault and other offenses after Dover police obtained a cellphone video of the March 6 incident. Officials suspended the license of their employer, Hands of Our Future day care center in Dover, the same day.

Tiana Harris, 19, of Dover, Estefania Myers, 21, of Felton, and Lisa Parker, 47, of Dover each posted $10,000 secured bond. Each is charged with felony assault and conspiracy, and several misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The women allowed and encouraged two 3-year-old boys to fight each other, according to a probable cause affidavit. Police allege the video taken by Harris shows one child screaming, crying and holding his face while being punched by the other, who is also punched and shoved into a table.

During the fight, Parker allegedly grabbed one of the boys and forced him to continue. Harris and Myers, meanwhile, are shown and heard laughing and encouraging the altercation, police said.

"They're doing nothing to prevent this from happening," Dover Police Capt. Tim Stump said, adding that the video makes clear that one of the boys does not want to continue.

"He's crying, he doesn't want any part of continuing, and he rushes to one of the defendants and is turned around and shoved back into the fray," Stump said.

Police held a closed-door meeting Monday night with parents and guardians of children attending the day care.

"They're obviously very concerned," Stump said, adding that police are trying to determine whether there were other instances of fighting encouraged by day care employees.

"This investigation is far from over," he said.

Police have refused to release the video, saying it is evidence in a continuing criminal investigation.

Cristyl Slack, whose 4-year-old daughter is one of seven children who can be seen in the background on the cellphone video, said she is shocked by the allegations. Slack said her daughter has told her repeatedly that the teachers don't condone fighting.

"She's specifically said that the day care teachers have told her, if somebody hits her, don't hit them back," Slack said.

Slack said she has not seen the video, and that police have advised parents not to press their children about what happened. Police have indicated that they will allow parents of children who can be seen in the video to view it at some point, but have not said when, Slack added.

Slack could not recall her daughter complaining of anything at the time of the March incident.

Slack said she transferred her children to Hands of our Future early last year after Teresa Perez opened the business. Slack's children had previously been at another center where Perez, Myers, Parker and Harris worked.

"I can't imagine her ever hurting a child," Slack said of Myers. "I trust her with my kid's life."

Perez, who according to court records has a criminal conviction for theft, has 10 days to appeal notice of the license suspension, officials said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the three workers face a preliminary hearing Friday.

It was not immediately clear whether the women had attorneys. A man who answered the door at Harris' home said he didn't know where she was or how to contact her. A woman who answered the phone at Parker's home said Parker was not taking calls. Attempts to reach Myers, who is the daughter of Perez, were not immediately successful.

Joseph Smack, a spokesman for the state Division of Family Services, said Hands of our Future opened in January 2011, has a staff of 20 and was operating at its capacity of 69 children when it was last inspected on Jan. 30.

Officials substantiated a complaint received in February 2011 that a child at the day care center who should have received prescribed medication did not receive it. The inspection earlier this year uncovered five minor compliance issues.

Smack said all day care workers in Delaware are required to undergo criminal background checks.

Court records indicate that Perez was arrested in 2004 and charged with assault, offensive touching, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief, but the charges were dropped. Officials in the attorney general's office were unable to say Tuesday why the charges were dropped.

But they did confirm that Perez, known as Teresa Myers at the time, pleaded guilty to theft in 1990 in a case that apparently involved welfare fraud.


Anonymous said...

How shocking.......not

D.Bilski said...

I have almost two years on. Since I'm no longer a rookie how do I get the old timers (people with over 4 years on) to stop making fun of me? I think its mostly because they are jelous of me and my activity, and besides if people would quit bitching about time off and the pension and actually lock up people like they are supposed to, this job wouldn't be that bad. I've learned that if you just do what you're told and kiss up to the bosses, this is a very easy place to work.
-real police 011 3rd watch

Anonymous said...

Anyone surprised, anyone?

Anonymous said...

Could the Kids have been White?
These bitches need to be given to Aldo Raine for one night.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like these three were bored and had too much time on their hands.

Shaniqua said...

Negroes must be held to less stringent standards. Violence is a critical part of our subculture. Infants must be trained to fight in order to preserve our legacy.

No more than 13 percent of the prison population and school disciplinary problems should be Negroes.

Balance the numbers and go after those damn honkies.

Anonymous said...

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gulp gulp gulp gulp gulp it up. Someday you will be buritto supreme

Connie Diaz said...

This would never happen in the Hispanic community.

Anonymous said...

It happens at all the day care centers that's why Mom should be home raising the kids.

Anonymous said...

connie dizzy sez:
why are they picking on estefania?
i bet those two negritos are lying.
we dont teach our children to fight that way.
better to sneak up from behind.

Anonymous said...

But most people need 2 incomes to move away from nigger nonsense so your fucked either way. Countries screwed

Anonymous said...

Are you serious , you get drug trusted lately , or u smoking that synthetic shit. When you get ten years you'll be the real police your summer help!! ,32 year veteran...duhhhh!

I Voted For Obama said...

This was part of the training for young martyrs at the Islamic Training Camps Obama and I went to.

Anonymous said...

No Connie it wouldnt happen in the beaner community You would just pimp them to pedophiles. fooking greaser.

Anonymous said...

Connie Diaz said...
This would never happen in the Hispanic community.

August 22, 2012 3:27 PM
Your right. because your community is lawless and dont believe in any values, laws , or responsibility. Only when they fit your needs and wants. Your community is borderline above the shithead neighborhoods, at best.

the ONLY difference between your animals and the shithead animals, is that you cant speak english. just nigras running around looking for a handout in a different language. like i said, thats the ONLY difference

Anonymous said...

Hey Connie why are Mexicans hated by other Latino's?

Aldo Raine said...

A whole night wouldn't be necessary for me to do what needs to be done to these pathetic cunts.

Three .45 caliber slugs to the base of the neck of three useless bitches should take no more than 3 seconds.

Aldo Raine

Anonymous said...

Estefania or Teresa Perez not Hispanic names Connie, you trolling fuck?

Anonymous said...

Maybe they can get an agent, repackage their fights with bumfights and make a killing.

Connie Douchez said...

Aldo You stupid shit the poster ment a night of being fucked with your little std ridden cock would be punishment indeed.

Anonymous said...

Wow, niggers

Anonymous said...

I can imagine the "Toddlas" little hair weaves getting pulled out of their heads during the fights and getting kicked in the face with baby Jordans.They little.....but they keeps it reelz!!

Anonymous said...

Don't let niggers watch your children.

Anonymous said...

They should have charged extra for the early start on defensive training.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

The Rolling Stones say---

What's the matter, man? We're gonna come back at twelve with some Puerto Rican girls just dyin' to meet ya.

Anonymous said...

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