Fired Daycare Worker Found Not Guilty

A daycare worker who was fired after being accused of using an abrasive cleaner sponge on a youngster's face has been found not guilty of misdemeanor child abuse.

Selina Sledge took to the stand to defend her actions back in April, 2010 that involved Nathan Lacascio at Angels Of Tomorrow Daycare in Pitt County.

On that day three children, including Lacascio, had gotten a marker on their faces. Video surveillance shows Sledge holding the child and attempting to wipe the marker from his face. Later that day, Lacascios' parents say his face had a reaction.

District Judge David Leech said there was no proof that Sledge intended to hurt the child and she has no history of violence. Sledge left the court and would not talk about the verdict.


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The trial of a daycare worker accused of misdemeanor child abuse began today in Pitt County. You may remember the video of the woman scrubbing a child's face with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, leaving the child's face red.

Selina Sledge took to the stand to defend her actions back in April, 2010 that involved Nathan Lacascio at Angels Of Tomorrow Daycare in Pitt County.

On that day three children, including Lacascio, had gotten a marker on their faces. Video surveillance shows Sledge holding the child and attempting to wipe the marker from his face. Later that day, Lacascios' parents say his face had a reaction.

It was later revealed that a Mr. Clean sponge was used that may have caused the reaction.

In court, Sledge said that she found out after the fact that was what she used. She says it may have appeared, based on the video, that she was scrubbing the child's face, but says she would never intentionally hurt him. Sledge says as soon as she noticed his face was red she alerted someone at the day care.

Both of the child's parents, Richard and Elizabeth Lacascio also took the stand. The child's mother says that emergency action should have been taken sooner.


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A daycare worker charged with a misdemeanor count of child abuse is due in court in Pitt County Wednesday.

Selina Sledge was fired after officials say she scrubbed a boy's face with a Mr. Clean sponge. Such sponges contain chemicals, and the child's parents say their son suffered bruises, abrasions, and a chemical reaction. The incident happened in April 2010.

Sledge worked at Angels of Tomorrow in Simpson in Pitt County. The daycare says the child had ink from a marker on him and the worker was trying to get it off and didn't realize she was using a sponge with chemicals.


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