UPDATE (7:15p.m.) — Leaders at The Assembly Kidz Care daycare center in West Monroe released a statement tonight following the arrest and charge of a teacher aide for Cruelty to Juveniles.
They say Yolanda Jackson, the now former employee, had been working there for three weeks. They say they had performed a background check, and they say Jackson was previously employed by the Ouachita Parish School System.
Below is the full statement from The Assembly Kidz Care:
Upon being notified on Friday evening of a possible disciplinary infraction by an employee, who has been employed with Kidz Care for approximately three weeks, the administration at the Assembly Kidz Care initiated an immediate investigation upon arrival Monday morning. The video footage was reviewed and improper handling of three children was confirmed. Within thirty minutes, the employee at fault was terminated from employment at Kidz Care and the local authorities were notified. Administration met with all the families involved. The employee at fault did withgo a thorough background check as per our policy and was a former employee of the Ouachita Parish School System.
The Assembly Kidz Care follows a zero-tolerance policy where the safety and well-being of our children are our top priority. Our facility holds 271 children with over 45 employees. We implement a top-rated pre-school curriculum. Our vision is to provide a standard of academic excellence in our community.
The Assembly Kidz Care Director
WEST MONROE, La. — (8/12/19) Police say West Monroe woman faces three counts of cruelty to juveniles after child abuse was caught on camera at a local daycare.
West Monroe police officers were dispatched to The Assembly Kidz Care in reference to child abuse. An employee told officers it was recorded on video.
Authorities reviewed the video footage and said a teacher aide, 48-year-old Yolanda Jackson, physically abused three children. Two of the children were three years old and one child was four years old.
According to the police report, in the footage, Jackson is seen hitting the three-year-old in the back with an open hand. She also shook the children, dragged them across the room by the arm and intentionally dropped them or threw them onto the floor.
The children were visibly upset and crying in the video.
All the parents of the children watched the video and chose to pursue charges.
Jackson was arrested and transported to Ouachita Correctional Center where she was charged with three counts of cruelty to juveniles.