A New York City educator has been charged with felony assault after he punched an 11-year-old autistic boy in the face, the New York Daily News reports.
The educator, Milton Parker, is a paraprofessional trained to supervise and teach children with disabilities.
Police charged Parker after reviewing surveillance footage of the assault.
The incident started when the child, Anatoly Veltman, spilled water on the floor and Parker told him to clean it up. Veltman reportedly didn’t understand what Parker was asking him to do.
Veltman then allegedly said “something racial” to Parker, and an enraged Parker responded by punching the child in the face.
After watching tape of the assault, police charged Parker with felony assault, endangering the welfare of a minor, menacing and harassment. He has been suspended without pay.
In an interview with the New York Daily News, Veltman’s father said he felt betrayed by the assault.
“Children in the care of these paraprofessionals should be protected 100 percent,” Veltman said. “I could never imagine in my worst dream that this could happen.”
Parker was arraigned in a Bronx court on August 8. He is due back for a hearing on August 26, CBS New York reports.
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