Toddler Allegedly Abused By Daycare Worker At Emmanuel Wesleyan - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

UPDATE: Toddler Allegedly Abused By Daycare Worker At Emmanuel Wesleyan Church

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***Emmanuel Child Development Center just responded to 47 ABC's inquiry with the following statement:

Our mission at Emmanuel Child Development Center is to provide a nurturing and caring Christian environment where children can learn and develop. We offer early care and Christian education to infants, toddlers and preschoolers. We respect the privacy rights of all our parents and students. Our concern is for all involved. Concerning the recent incident, it would not be appropriate for the center to comment since the matter is currently in litigation.


Emmanuel Child Development Center

See story as we first reported below:


SALISBURY, Md. - A three-year-old child is reported to have been physically abused at the hands of a daycare worker at Emmanuel Wesleyan Church in Salisbury.

Bruises on his arm and video capturing the entire incident on April 3, gave police probable cause to charge 47-year-old Fay Bartley of Fruitland, Md. with second degree assault, reckless endangerment and contributing to the condition of a child.

Charging documents reveal the child was sitting in a time-out chair when he was approached by Bartley. Police say that video shows Bartley grabbing the child by his arm and yanking him out of a chair. She then picked him up and reportedly dropped him on the floor. The child was seen lying face down on the floor when Bartley grabbed him again -- the toddler resisting her during the entire exchange. He was then placed in a chair where Bartley allegedly straddled him -- the boy left crying and rubbing his left arm.

Photographs of the injuries reveal fingernail scratches and bruises on that arm. The boy was taken to PRMC where he was diagnosed with a wrist sprain.

47 ABC reached out to Bartley to hear her side, with no luck. The police report says she denied ever purposely harming a child and was unaware of the injuries.

The daycare center's parent handbook states that no child will be the subject of physical punishment by staff, including rough handling, harsh restraint and non-verbal intimidation.

Church staff declined to comment on the matter but did confirm that Bartley is no longer an employee at the daycare.

A trial date has yet to be set, but if convicted on all counts, Bartley is facing up to 18 years behind bars.

We asked church staff whether or not parents have been alerted of this incident, but they declined to comment. So far we know of one isolated incident from the beginning of this month. At this time it's unclear if there were any other incidents or if any other children were involved.

The daycare serves infants, toddlers and preschoolers up to the age of five.

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