SHERIFF: Daycare worker intentionally dropping baby not isolated case

SNEADS FERRY, NC (WITN) - A sheriff says a daycare worker charged with intentionally dropping a baby in her care is not an isolated case.

Bethan Pringle, 23, was arrested Thursday for felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.

She had been jailed on a $100,000 bond but was released Thursday night.

On June 10th the sheriff's office was contacted by the Childcare Network Daycare in Sneads Ferry about an 11-month-old boy who was injured.

The boy suffered head trauma, deputies say, but has since been released from the hospital.

Pringle and another teacher at the center were suspended without pay last week.

Sheriff Hans Miller says the evidence is very clear that the child had been abused at other times and that their investigation is not over. He said they are looking at whether there's enough to charge a second person in the case.

"Sometimes children make noises, but abuse is unacceptable," the sheriff told us this morning. "What happened was terrible, it was wrong."

Miller said the baby has a traumatic brain injury and it will take a long time to determine whether there is a lasting impact.

The state Department of Health and Human Services lists the facility as a 5-star childcare center, the highest given by the state. The facility was last inspected in October and was given a superior classification.


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The Onslow County Sheriff's Office says a childcare worker has been charged with intentionally dropping an 11-month old boy resulting in head trauma.

On June 10th the sheriff's office was contacted by the Childcare Network Daycare located in Sneads Ferry regarding an infant that was in their care.

The company reported the child was transported to the hospital earlier in the day regarding a medical emergency and learned later the child was in fact injured purposefully by a daycare worker there.

Bethan Pringle, 23-years-old, is now charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.

Pringle was placed in the Onslow County Detention Center under $100,000 bond.

Online records show she has bonded out.

The child has since been released from the hospital and the sheriff's office says medical professionals advised the child will physically recover.

The state Department of Health and Human Services lists it as a 5-star childcare center, the highest given by the state. The facility was last inspected in October and was given a superior classification.

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Two employees of an Eastern Carolina daycare center are suspended after an infant was injured earlier this week.

It happened Monday at the Childcare Network in Sneads Ferry.

A company statement says the two teachers involved have been suspended without pay pending further investigation.

The company said it is heartbroken about what happened and their thoughts and prayers are with the child and his family. "The safety and well-being of this child and all of the children we serve is our top priority," the statement said.

The boy was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for treatment and was released to his parents on Thursday.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office says the owner of the facility notified them at 11:30 p.m. Monday that an infant in their care was injured. Deputies say they are still investigating what happened.

The state Department of Health and Human Services lists it as a 5-star childcare center, the highest given by the state. The facility was last inspected in October and was given a superior classification.