A caretaker at a Valparaiso, Florida, day care center is under fire and facing charges after at least four toddlers suffered broken legs in one day.
Christina Marie Curtis, a Fort Walton Beach resident, was charged with four felony counts of neglect of a child that resulted in great bodily harm.
All four of the toddlers were fine on the morning of May 21 when they were dropped off at Kids Discovery Learning Center, according to an arrest report.
“Upon returning to pick them up in the afternoon, the children were showing signs of distress and could not stand or walk,” the report said. “The children were medically evaluated and each was diagnosed with fractures to their legs.”
The toddlers ranged in age from 13 to 21 months old.
Surveillance video showed Curtis, 25, walking with one of the victims, an 18-month-old, while holding his hands above his head before rapidly jerking him into the air, according to Northwest Florida Daily News.
The report said, “The defendant stopped and quickly moved her hands to (his) upper arms and rapidly jerked him into the air. When (he) was picked up, his feet and legs were in the air and was dropped feet first into a wagon. Other children were placed in the wagon and it was pulled outside.”
After the wagon ride, footage showed that when the child woke up from a nap, “the teacher attempted to place him on his feet, however, (he) was unable to bear weight on his legs.”
Another child injured on May 21 was believed to have suffered the first break around May 8, “shortly after the defendant began working in the class,” the report said.
The family of a third victim was told he had fallen over another child.
“The defendant denied knowing how the injuries occurred and believed they could have happened either at home or in the playground,” the report said.
After a long investigation, Curtis was arrested on July 20 and released the next day after posting a $4,000 bond. She is banned from being around children without supervision and she cannot be employed at child care facilities or schools.