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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  • by to Debra on Feb 1, 2011 at 11:08 AM
    oh so because we dont agree with you, we are ignorant. *applause* feel better? is does appear that way. but she is obviously a heavy woman.. she was holding him still yes but not in a harmful way. and fyi people, i purchased these magic erasers. when i took them out of the box, they had no writing on them. just appeared to be a while sponge. if i had known NOTHING about the product i would have probably used it like that too if needed. and lets not forget. there was another child involved for twice as long as the boy in this story and his parents sided with the worker and daycare. things that make you say hmmmmmmmmmm.
  • by Debra on Jan 31, 2011 at 03:48 PM
    Obviously all you ignorant people on here did not see the video I saw if that had been my child she had her arms wrapped arond their neck I WOULD HAVE wound up in the jail she was clearly handling the child too rough no matter she didnt have enough sense not to use a magic eraser on him what idiots there are in this world
  • by JK Location: Goldsboro on Jan 30, 2011 at 02:31 PM
    OMG!! Everyone can not wait to make a quick buck for no work. Even if it does put your child in the spotlight. Come on Mom and Dad go back to work like the rest of America!! No you do not win against this poor woman that you accused of "harming your child" who by the way is usually underpaid and overworked. Give me a BREAK!
  • by TO MB on Jan 29, 2011 at 04:31 PM
    my apologies. that was meant to say TO MB...
  • by MB Location: Martin County on Jan 29, 2011 at 04:13 PM
    Someone seems to be posting using the same "MB" name as I do. I guess this just shows the mentality level we are dealing with. I'm done with this thread.
  • by MB on Jan 29, 2011 at 02:43 PM
    beg to differ. first time i used a magic eraser,i had no clue what it was.(my mom had it sitting on the counter with other sponges) i put it under water with soap and water to wash dishes. call me stupid. i dont care. i just didnt know. sorry we all arent perfect and meet your high expectations.
  • by MB Location: Martin County on Jan 29, 2011 at 04:02 AM
    To Alexandria, "You stated"; that she didn't use the sponge at all; then you called all the people on this thread crazy. Girl you are the one that might be a few French fries short of a happy meal; or may be your magic eraser welding friend ate your French fries; she admitted that she used the magic eraser on the child; then tried to claim that she didn't know it wasn't a regular sponge! If that Judge had taken the time to run that magic eraser under water he would have known right then and there that she LIED!
  • by Teresa Location: Farmville on Jan 28, 2011 at 08:22 PM
    I think justice was served. This was a gr8 victory.
  • by Alexandria Location: Greenville on Jan 28, 2011 at 04:23 PM
    FOR ALL THE CRAZY PEOPLE WAKE UP SHE DID NOT USE THE SPONGE AT ALL. GO BACK AND DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE YOU JUDGE OTHERS. AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE ONE OF YOU TRY TO WIPE THIS WOMAN'S FACE. YOU ARE SO IGNORANT AND SILLY.IT IS OVER SHE IS INNOCENT, GET OVER IT. AND TO THE CHILD'S MOTHER THANKS FOR HELPING TO PROVE HER INNOCENCE IN THIS CASE....YOU DID MORE GOOD THAN HARM BY LEAKING THAT VIDEO
  • by TO common sense on Jan 28, 2011 at 03:54 PM
    not everyone knows about every cleaning product. unfortunately this teacher didnt know about the magic eraser.
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