Toddlers Forced to Fight Each Other by Daycare Employees
What happens when toddlers are forced to fight in a "punching only" boxing matches? Why three Delaware women get charged with operating a toddler fight club at their daycare, of course.
If you're wondering what a toddler fight club is, here you go: Three women employees are accused of throwing three-year-olds into an arena and told to duke it out, reports CBS.
Someone thought it a good idea to take video of the brawls. The police have video of the alleged daycare fight club and the three women are now facing a variety of criminal charges.
The alleged location of the toddler fight club wasn't very underground, either. It allegedly happened at the Hands of Our Future Daycare in Dover, Delaware. Authorities say that the three women arrested for the toddler fights can be seen and heard in the video encouraging the children to fight.
The three women -- Tiana Harris, Lisa Parker, and Estefania Myers -- have been charged with assault, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangering and conspiracy. For the child endangerment charges alone, the women could each be sentenced to two years in jail.
In one video, a child begins to cry and complains that he is being pinched. One of the adult women then pushes the child back into the fray and is overheard saying "no pinching, only punching," reports CBS.
The women and the Hands of Our Future Daycare could also face civil penalties such as losing their licenses to supervise children and fines. Parents of the children involved in the toddler/daycare fight club could also sue both the women individually as well as the daycare center for emotional trauma and other injuries suffered by the children.
- Three Year Olds Told To Fight By Delaware Day Care Workers, Police Say (NPR)
- Delaware daycare workers arrested after 'shocking' video allegedly shows toddlers forced to fight (New York Daily News)
- Houston Day Care Owner on 'Most Wanted' (FindLaw's Blotter)
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