Preschool Teacher Allegedly Bit 13-Month-Old Child; School Failed to Report Incident

| by Lina Batarags

According to police, a teacher at a private preschool bit a 13-month-old boy to punish him for biting another teacher.

The teacher, 24-year-old Theresa Brown, has reportedly been charged with assault and battery.

The young boy had apparently bitten his teacher on Sept. 11 in the Goddard School on Staples Mill Plaza in Woodbridge, Va.

Officer Jonathan Perok said that the teacher's bite left a mark; he did not know whether the boy needed medical attention.

Prince William County police stated that a witness reported the incident to the school’s management. Nadia Choudhry, the daughter of the owners of the Goddard School, has been charged with failing to report the attack.

Police also allege that Choudhry told a staff member who witnessed the incident not to tell police or Child Protective Services about it.

A day later, an anonymous caller alerted CPS about the incident; police went to the school to investigate on Sept. 16.

Choudhry, 24, has been charged with failing to report child abuse or neglect, according to the Washington Post.

Both women turned themselves in to police on Friday. Brown was released on $2,000 secured bond; bond information for Choudhry was not immediately available.

According to a spokesman for Goddard Systems, which is the parent company of the preschool franchise, Choudhry was taking over the school from her parents.

In a statement, Ghazalla Choudhry said that her daughter has been removed her position. She also noted that the director of the school fired Brown on Sept. 12 after learning about the incident.

Sources: Washington Post, WUSA9

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