Two Ohio day care workers face child endangerment charges after police said they failed to stop a violent assault against a 5-year-old girl in a disturbing incident that was caught on camera last month.
Authorities said the shocking Aug. 13 footage shows several older students “grabbing, pulling, dragging, swinging, and just ‘bullying’ the victim,” who appeared so frightened that she kept her eyes closed and tried “to curl up into a fetal position.”
During the horrific incident at Worthington Learning Center in Columbus, suspects Emma Dietrich and Joshua Tennant just sat in their chairs and watched the cowardly attack unfold right in front of them, police said in a news release this week.
Dietrich, 31, and Tennant, 27, were arrested Tuesday following an investigation by the Columbus Division of Police.
Authorities said the video eventually shows Tennant grabbing the victim — first by her right ankle and then her left leg — and carrying her upside down to a nearby rug.
Police on Wednesday released a single frame from the video showing the moment Tennant appears to be holding the girl by her leg.
The attack began around 11:20 a.m. after one of the bullies brought the victim to Dietrich’s classroom. At one point, police said, “the victim attempts to get away from the other students & they continue to ‘bully’ her by grabbing her & holding her down.”
The Worthington Learning Center has cooperated with the investigation, according to the release.
The day care owner, Lisa Rowe, told local station WBNS that she was “heartbroken” over the incident and that both suspects have been fired.
The girl’s mother told the station that the episode only came to light because one of the kids who witnessed the brutal incident told a parent, who then called authorities.
Originally appeared on NY Daily News