A Waterbury daycare voluntarily surrendered its license on Friday after a daycare worker was arrested for breaking a 3-year-old's arm.
Adnelly Moipard, 60, could be seen on video dragging the girl at Kid's Town on Wolcott Street, according to police.
Police said the child's mother reported the girl's arm was hanging by her side when she went to pick her up from the daycare last week.
"Just seeing her in tears, not knowing what happened to her," said the child's mother Bethany Scagnelli, who spoke exclusively to Eyewitness News on Thursday.
She said an X-ray at St. Mary's Hospital revealed a number of fractures.
"I'm shocked, angry, very upset," Scagnelli said.
She said a letter given to her by Kid's Town claimed the girl was misbehaving and that the girl hurt her arm on a bookcase, according to police.
"I feel so bad," Moipard said in an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News. "I'm a mother and I'm a grandmother too and since Monday they arrest me I can't even sleep."
Moipard told police that the child wasn't listening, pushed another child, kicked a teacher and pulled on the bookcase. Moipard said she didn't grab the girl by the arm.
"I hold her hand to ask her to sit down," Moipard said. "I can't break three years old arm, for what?"
In the recording, however, Moipard could be seen grabbing the girl's forearm, pulling her from the floor and dragging her to a chair, an arrest warrant stated.
"Ms. Moipard in the video is grabbing onto the juvenile victim and dragging her by the arm for a substantial distance," Waterbury Police Deputy Chief Frank Spagnolo said. "And picking her up off the ground physically by her arm so her feet weren't touching. She was dangling in the air."
Scagnelli said she recently viewed the surveillance footage.
"Ms. Nelly grabbed her and placed her on the floor real hard and that's when I believe her arm got injured," Scagnelli said.
Moipard later admitted that she didn't mean to hurt the girl, but she wasn't listening to instructions. She was charged her with third-degree assault and risk of injury to a child.
Moipard told Eyewitness News that she has never abused a child.
"I can't do that. I would never hurt a little child," Moipard said.
Scagnelli said the doctor's removed her child's cast on Wednesday, but said she will need physical therapy on her forearm and elbow.
Moipard, who has no prior criminal record, faced a judge on Tuesday and what was once a $100,000 bond was reduced to a promise to appear in court. Moipard will be back in court on Nov. 22.
The Office of Early Childhood issued a statement on Thursday, saying "The Office of Early Childhood Licensing Division is investigating the incident that occurred at the Kids Town early childhood program, in which a young child was injured. We take this incident very seriously. In cases where a child is alleged to have been abused or neglected, the OEC coordinates with the DCF and law enforcement officials."
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