LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) - The Lexington Police Department’s Crimes Against Children unit has charged three daycare workers and the director of the facility with child abuse-related offenses.
Lexington Police say the three daycare workers were arrested Wednesday and accused of causing physical harm to toddlers. Samantha Ayers, 32, Maurisa Sweat, 24, and Jazzmine Webb, 20, were each charged with criminal abuse in the first degree. If convicted of the Class C felony, they could face 5 to 10 years in prison.
In addition, 40-year-old Terri Thompson was arrested for criminal abuse in the second degree, and with failure to report known abuse, first offense. The criminal abuse charge is a Class D felony, with a potential penalty of 1-5 years in prison, while failure to report known abuse is a misdemeanor.
According to police, Ayers, Sweat and Webb were teachers in the 1-year-olds classroom at the Eagle Creek Learning Academy / Kids R Kids childcare center in Lexington, while Thompson was the center director.
An investigation was launched earlier this month by Lexington Police and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services after a family noticed bruising on their child. Their investigation found evidence of multiple instances of daycare staff treating children in a physical and unsafe manner.
All four were lodged in the Fayette County Detention Center.