A Chicago day care worker was arrested Dec. 17 after allegedly burning five children in her care with a hot glue gun.
Lizandra Cosme, 32, was charged with five counts of aggravated battery of a child causing great bodily harm, WLS reports. She was accused of burning three girls and two boys at the Children's Learning Place in Chicago.
According to court documents, Cosme brought the hot glue gun to the day care for a Christmas project. She was caught on security camera applying the hot glue gun directly to the hands and arms of five children, all 2 years old.
"Each of the child victims winced and some whined at the hot glue gun application," said the prosecutor on the case.
An assistant in the room allegedly stood idly by, laughing as Cosme burned each of the toddlers. The day care worker had 16 children in her care that day.
Cosme reportedly applied antibacterial wound ointment to one of the children after she noticed circular burn marks began to appear. In what could be construed as a coverup, she allegedly later asked a father of one of the burned children if the child had been injured at home.
Her actions were uncovered when one mother, who is an ER physician, noticed the burn marks on her child and called the facility, asking the day care owner what happened. The mother then demanded that the surveillance videos be reviewed, at which point it became clear Cosme had applied hot glue to several of the children in her care.
Cosme's defense attorney admitted that his client "screwed up," but maintained that the day care worker did not act out of malice, saying that she has worked with young children for 12 years.
Another woman, 27-year-old Susana D. Gonzalez, was also arrested on five misdemeanor counts of causing the circumstances of child endangerment.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is investigating the allegations of abuse, according to the Chicago Tribune. A spokeswoman for the day care center said it is cooperating with investigators and confirmed that Cosme and Gonzalez were fired following the incident.
"The well-being of our students is paramount," said Children's Learning Place spokeswoman Lissa Druss Christman in a statement. "Upon learning of the alleged incident, we notified DCFS immediately and terminated two of our employees."
A judge ordered Dec. 18 that Cosme be held without bail. She is due back in court on Dec. 26.