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Mother says video shows her child was mistreated at Johnston County daycare

Posted August 5, 2021 10:34 p.m. EDT
Updated August 6, 2021 6:55 a.m. EDT

— Two teachers at a Johnston County daycare were fired for the way they reprimanded a one-year-old.

The incident happened on the playground at Aha Moments Learning Center in Four Oaks.

The child's mother, Kristen Price, said she never had problems in the four years she sent her kids to the daycare, but she has pulled both of her children out of the daycare after what unfolded on Wednesday.

Video showed one teacher drop the boy to the ground. Then, a second teacher picks him up and reprimands him for biting another student. She shakes him, yells at him and again, drops him to the ground

“I personally think that’s assault, the way you handle my one-year-old child who can’t even speak for himself," said Price.

A man working at a nearby construction site recorded the video and found Price through social media.

"I was upset, I was crying and I couldn't control myself," said Price.

She said she wasn't contacted by the owner until after she posted the video to Facebook.

“It should have been taken care of sooner. It should have been brought to my attention," said Price. They would have expected the same thing -- any parent would have.”

Cristi West opened the daycare seven years ago. She said this is the first such incident.

West released the following statement:

"We are aware of the video that has been circulating on social media and are incredibly disappointed and angered by its contents. The safety of the children in our care is and always has been our very first priority. Upon learning of the incident, we immediately self reported it to NCDHHS and our county agent. Additionally, the teachers involved in the incident were relieved of their responsibilities.”

Price said the trust has been lost.

"You just want to protect your child. You trust these people," she said. “I no longer want them to work in childcare, especially the one who shook my child. That’s highly uncalled for and I don’t want her to have the chance to do that to another kid.”

Price said that she filed a complaint with the Johnston County Sheriff's Office because she believes that two teachers involved should be criminally charged.

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