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Raleigh woman says day care worker threw son into bookcase

Posted 6:07 p.m. Monday
Updated 11:27 a.m. Tuesday

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— A Raleigh woman said she was alerted last week that her 1-year-old son was abused at the Apple Tree Day Care on Old Poole Road.

Kassandra Sharpe said she visited 20 day care centers before she settled on the right one for her son, Elijah. She said it was not long before she fell in love with her son's teacher.

"I thought she was kind of like a grandmother," Sharpe said. "I felt very comfortable with him being there."

Sharpe said she was shocked when she received a message from the day care director about Elijah's teacher.

"When I called her, she said that an incident has happened. And I said ‘what?’ And she said a teacher was aggressive," she said.

The day care director told Sharpe she discovered the incident on surveillance cameras while reviewing some video footage with another parent.

"If I had not seen the tape I would have not believed it," Sharpe said. "I saw that woman take my baby and she threw him into a bookcase."

Sharpe said there were three separate incidents involving her son.

"They were in circle time and she took that container and hit my baby in the head with it, and he was just sitting there," she said.

Sharpe said she reported the incidents to police. And while the day care director said she contacted the state, parents of the other children in the class were never notified.

The teacher was allowed to return to the classroom the day after the abuse was discovered.

"We still didn't know that the abuse took place, but they did," Sharpe said.

A statement from Apple Tree Day Care said in part, "The employee involved was never left alone with any of the children. Notifying parents of such incidents is a difficult and delicate task."


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  • Tijuana Locus Oct 18, 1:20 p.m.
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    Well maybe someone should throw her up against a wall and let her see how it feels!!!! I do not condone violence but DO NOT MESS WITH INNOCENT CHILDREN!!!!

  • Jj Parker Oct 18, 10:04 a.m.
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    Now that the teacher has been charged with child abuse. It's time for anyone at the daycare That allowed this thing back to work be charged with child endangerment.

  • Kelly Birdsall Oct 18, 9:19 a.m.
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    Yes!! What not "jelling" is the fact that they didn't do their jobs!!! They need to be shut down!!

  • Rachael Garner Oct 18, 8:35 a.m.
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    That poor baby... Child abuse charges need to be filed against the worker asap. What more evidence do they need?? Also, if she was "never left alone with the children" did other workers witness the abuse or was that after her return? This made me sick.

  • Jj Parker Oct 18, 5:33 a.m.
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    So wait....
    There is video of this assault taking place. Someone at the daycare alerted this parent of an assault taking place and the teacher was allowed back???

    something isn't jelling with this story

  • Anita Gibson Oct 18, 1:16 a.m.
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    Staying home is not something everyone can afford to do. So many jobs pay only minimum wage or not much above it. Some parents get left with no other option if there's an absent parent or someone loses a job. This worker should have been fired on the spot. It is extremely concerning when it is known that an abusive worker is still there. What if she has to be left alone? It only takes a few seconds to do irreparable harm to a child. If she would do this to a child who is just sitting there what might she do of one acts out? The daycare needs to answer as to why they would allow this person to stay. Hopefully parents will pull their children out of there.

  • Kelly Birdsall Oct 17, 10:46 p.m.
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    It broke my heart when the mother started crying when she was describing what the woman did to her baby! I could feel her pain & I don't blame her for being angry!! Can you imagine how scary it's going to be for her to have to find another daycare for him?? He is just a baby! What kind of monster goes to work for a daycare & does this? I hope she gets what's coming to her!!

  • Candace Williams Oct 17, 10:41 p.m.
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    Cora, as nice as that sounds, it's not an option for everyone. There are single parents that have to work for a living. Most 2 parent home require both parents to work in order to make ends meet. In our home my husband is in school full time and I work full time. It was reversed at one point. All 3 of our kids have been in daycare, that doesn't make us bad parents. It means we're doing everything we can to provide the best life for our kids. The same as hundreds of thousands of other families throughout the US.

  • John White Oct 17, 8:40 p.m.
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    So apparently this daycare does not care that its employee's abuse children since the next day the employee is back at work. This employee needs to go and now. Are you waiting till the person really harms a child! Man I hope the company that insures this place is reading this. I see lawsuit coming in at a few million after ignoring the video and keeping this person employed.

  • Cora Blue Oct 17, 7:26 p.m.
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    stay home with your baby...no one will love him or treat him the way you do.