A daycare worker was arrested after police said she hit three 2-year-old children at a facility in Glastonbury over the course of a year.
Police charged 22-year-old Nicole L. Mayo, of Wethersfield, with risk of injury to a minor after an incident at The Stork Club on New London Turnpike.
Mayo is accused of hitting, restraining and “roughly handling” three young children.
On Monday afternoon, police said Meegan Beach, director of the Stork Club day care, was arrested and charged with failure to report child abuse and risk of injury to a minor.
The investigation started in December 2015 after police received a complaint from the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.
According to police, several of Beach's day care employees had repeatedly made the director aware of the alleged abusive behavior toward children by Mayo over the past year.
On Monday, Beach was held on a $45,000 bond.
A mother of one of the children involved said she never knew this was happening until a day care worker called her to tell her DCF was at the facility.
"No one from the center informed us that our child was in question. DCF conducted an entire days interview before we were even informed and still not from the day care center," said parent Wilder Zandonella, who said her 2-and-a-half year old son at the time was one of the victims.
The incidents happened over the course of the past year, according to police.
License information on the Department of Childcare Service's website said the Stork Club serves about 88 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 9 years old. It's been in business since 1985.
Zandonella said she is glad someone came forward to report this happening.
"We are so thankful for her because she essentially saved our child and other children from being victimized again," she said.
Mayo was given a $65,000 bond. She is expected to face a judge at Manchester Superior Court on April 6.
Eyewitness News dug a little deeper and found out that five of the six Stork Club facilities in Connecticut have violations against them.
In Southington, there was a violation of neglect that happened last fall.
Staff members are required to report any abuse within 12 hours after it happens.
In Glastonbury, the neglect isn't the only violation police are looking into. Someone also didn't report the abuse, and there are five other violation charges.
Eyewitness News reached out to the facility's owner however phone calls weren't returned.
The state has an online website that shows current and past violations at day care facilities. Also, if you suspect neglect or abuse you can call DCF's hotline to report it and can do so anonymously.
For more information on this, click here.
To make a child abuse or neglect report, please call 1-800-842-2288 (TDD: 1-800-624-5518).
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