Florida day care worker caught abusing 1-year-old: authorities

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Florida day care worker caught abusing 1-year-old: authorities

A Florida day care worker has been charged with child abuse after getting caught on disturbing surveillance video manhandling a 1-year-old and dropping him.

Yamirka Menendez, 51, is accused of grabbing the toddler by his wrists, swinging him three feet into the air and dropping him on the floor — fracturing the boy’s leg, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.

Yamirka Menendez
Yamirka Menendez did not have a criminal history beforehand.
HCSO

Menendez is also charged with “forcibly” grabbing a 4-month-old and slapping the baby several times at the Time of Wonder Academy in Tampa on Sept. 8, the sheriff’s office said.

Another staffer, Milagros Rodriguez, 52, was charged with failing to report child abuse.

Yamirka Menendez
Yamirka Menendez was caught slapping a baby in the footage.
HCSO

According to the sheriff, the mother of the 1-year-old victim noticed her son had pain in his left foot the following day and took him to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he was diagnosed with fractures to his tibia and fibula.

On Thursday, the toddler was re-examined by the University of South Florida Child Protection Team, which determined he was a victim of physical abuse.

daycare employees
Both of the day care employees were eventually arrested for their actions.
HCSO

Detectives reviewed the video and charged the two women on Tuesday.

Neither had a criminal history, the sheriff’s office said.

Menendez dropped the toddler when removing it from their crib.
Yamirka Menendez dropped the toddler when removing him from his crib, officials say.
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