Children naturally have wild imaginations and can be easily spooked. A group of daycare workers harmed a group of toddlers by feeding their imaginations with a nightmare-ish experience.
Four former Mississippi daycare center employees face charges after being caught on camera using masks to scare children that were under their supervision. The former employees of the daycare center can be seen on tape screaming at the children and chasing a toddler while wearing a mask.
All four employees were fired after the incident, which was recorded in September. However, the owner of the daycare center wasn’t aware until the video went viral in October.
Sierra McCandless, Oci-Anna Kilburn, Jennifer Newman, and Shyenne Mills face felony child abuse charges, and Traci Hutson faces charges of failure to report abuse by a mandatory reporter and simple assault against a minor. The owner of the daycare center will not face charges in relation to the incident.
The video surveillance footage of the incident is disturbing. Children can be seen sobbing, cowering in fear and at times running from the masked employee, who is shown screaming inches away from children’s faces. It’s a wonder that children were entrusted in these employees’ care at all.
All of the women involved live in the local area of the daycare. Their bonds were set at $20,000 and $15,000, respectively.
Katelyn Johnson, a parent of one of the children, said she was shocked after seeing the videos. Her 2-year-old son is still showing signs of trauma and has trouble sleeping through the night. This incident evidently did deep emotional damage to the children that were involved.
Monroe County Sheriff Kevin Crook told a local newspaper that the felony charges will ultimately be presented to the grand jury. This grand jury will determine if there’s enough evidence for formal indictments, which could lead to court trials.