Two daycare workers from Ohio were allegedly caught on camera beating three siblings and police are now investigating to determine how long the abuse has been going on.
Stachya Powell and J'moni Bonner were arrested Wednesday night in Silverton, Ohio, after police viewed a video showing them beating a 1-year-old and his 3- and 4-year-old siblings who were in their care at the ACCS Learning Center, reports WKRC.
The incident reportedly took place three days prior to their arrest, but the children's mother, Tatiana Mance, is demanding answers as to when the beatings began. In the video, Powell is the first staff member to strike the 1-year-old, whom she hits six times before grabbing his arm and flinging him to the ground.
Half an hour later, police said Bonner walked in and hit all three children. During the incident, the 1-year-old was even allegedly struck in the back of the head.
"I was shocked. I'm like, did this really happen? Why did this happen to my kids? You just don't expect that to be shown to you," Mance said.
Jamica Thomas, the owner of the daycare, said discovering that her employees beat the children is her worst nightmare.
"You go to be comfortable to do this in front of cameras. You got to be comfortable, they were doing it like it was nothing new to them," Thomas told WKRC.
Bonner reportedly denied having abused the children, until she was shown the video, according to Thomas. But she said Powell's justification for the abuse was unusual: she told her it must have been a "bad day."
Thomas said she often reviewed the surveillance tapes and that this is the first time she has ever seen anything like this.