Three former staffers and a director at a Lexington daycare were arrested Wednesday morning by Lexington Police on child abuse charges.
In a statement to FOX 56, the owner of Eagle Creek Learning Academy on North Eagle Creek Drive says all four were fired for not reporting the alleged abuse to owners and licensing immediately.
In police citations, Lexington Police charge Maurisa Sweat, Samantha Ayers and Jazzmine Webb with one count of criminal abuse 1st. Police say the three placed children who they had in custody, in a situation that may cause serious physical injury. The statement reads they “also caused cruel punishment to the children.”
A fourth employee, Terri Smallwood Thompson, was a director at the facility. Smallwood faces a charge of second degree criminal abuse and one count of failure to report abuse/neglect.
Smallwood’s police citation says she “failed to report known abuse to the state agency that oversees daycares or law enforcement on at least three occasions.” It goes on to state that Smallwood “created a situation that caused torture or cruel punishment to children she was in a care taking role.”
Here is the full statement from Eagle Creek Learning Academy owner Scott Elliott: