A Pitt County daycare is being investigated by the state after a worker is charged with child abuse for scrubbing a child's face with a Mr. Clean eraser sponge.
This video from a camera at Angels of Tomorrow daycare shows the incident on April 23rd. You can see worker Selina Sledge allegedly scrubbing the child with the eraser sponge while holding him down. The child's parents says that left him with bruises, abrasions, and a chemical reaction.
The mother says It wasn't until months after the incident, after hiring a lawyer, that she was allowed to review the tape.
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. The daycare also says they contacted the parents and told them that their child had gotten marker on himself.
The worker involved, Selina Sledge and another employee, were both fired. Sledge is due in court December first.
The child's mother, Elizabeth Locasio, says the situation should have been handled differently. "I'm angry and I'm upset. I'm boggled that people can do that. Clearly he was in pain after the first couple of swipes he was trying to push her away. She had him in a headlock, he's struggling and she does it for two and half minutes."
Daycare owner Erica Harris says, "In my heart I don't think it was intentional. Her thought process wasn't I'm doing this to hurt this child, it was I'm trying to get marker off this child so that he's presentable for parents when they pick him up."
Sledge is due in court December first.