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Substitute teacher charged with assaulting autistic son

Posted January 8, 2007 10:20 p.m. EST
Updated September 30, 2008 8:13 p.m. EDT

— A substitute teacher at a Clayton elementary school was arrested and charged Friday in connection with allegations that she assaulted her own autistic child.

Several faculty members told investigators that on Dec. 8, Anita Marie Dankin, 41, of Kenly, slammed her son's head against the floor and then kicked him.

Dankin is charged with two counts of child abuse.

At the time of the alleged incident, she was working as a substitute teacher at East Clayton Elementary School. Johnston County school officials said Dankin is no longer approved to teach for the school system.

The Johnston County Sheriff's Office and Department of Social Services are investigating the incident.