Daycare Worker Convicted in “Baby Fight Club” Scandal
According to the website, Good House Keeping, a 31-year-old daycare teacher has been convicted for running a “baby fight club”.
Conviction of Daycare Worker
Sarah Jordan was found guilty of 12 abuse charges including cruelty and assault. The conviction came almost two years after she was originally charged.
Sarah ran the club at the Minnieland Academy in Woodbridge, Virginia with another teacher named Kierra Spriggs. The children’s age’s ranged from 16 months to 2 years and all of them were encouraged to fight. She is faced with 41 years in prison.
Disturbing Tale of Abuse
According to an investigation conducted by the Virginia Department of Social Services, both teachers would encourage the kids to fight and also harm the kids themselves.
The abuse included stomping on toes, spraying the kids with hoses, and dumping buckets of water on them.
The kids started to get scared of water at home and became violent conducting acts such as stomping on toes.
Statistics of Abuse by Caregivers
Child abuse is defined under federal law as:
- “Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation”; or
- “An act or failure to act, which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.”
Statistics presented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human services suggest that caregivers are the second group of people that mainly abuse children. In just the one-year of 2011, there were over 3500 cases of children being abused by their caregivers.