Police in Winter Haven, Fla., have issued warrants for the arrest of two Florida child care employees captured on a video taunting and throwing objects at an 8-year-old boy diagnosed with autism. At one point, he took cover under a table and cried.
The incident occurred at Our Children’s of Winter Haven. The facility has fired both Kaderrica Smith, 26, of Haines City, and Alexus Henderson, then-19, of Dundee, for their actions shown in the video, police said.
The about three-minute video can be viewed here.
The video, which was posted on Snapchat in September, shows a worker throwing shoes and a backpack at the child, who also has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), described by the National Institutes of Health as “characterized by a persistent pattern of defiant, disobedient and hostile behavior towards authority figures.” The date of the incident itself was not certain.
“Fall on your face,” one of the women can be heard saying. The child care workers also talk about the “boogeyman” coming. The child reacts to the taunting “in both a verbal and physical manner,” police say.
One of the workers calls the boy a “chicken” and she can be heard making chicken sounds, ultimately provoking the child to run at the woman. At the 1:52 minute mark, she trips him in what police call a “leg sweep,” causing him to fall on his back. The child did not need medical attention, police said.
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SOURCE: The Washington Post, Ellie Silverman