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Video shows child care workers taunting, abusing autistic boy

23 September 2017

A disturbing Snapchat video shows childcare workers bullying an autistic eight-year-old boy who is crying and hiding under a table.

Kaderrica Smith, 26, of Haines City, and Alexus Henderson, 20, of Dundee, were charged in connection with an incident September 1 at Our Children's Academy in Winter Haven. Smith has been charged with battery and child abuse, and is being held without bond.

The video shows the child coming out from under the table and attempting to run towards one of the women when she grabs him and trips him, causing the child to fall on his back.

The video, which lasts approximately three minutes, shows the child reacting to the taunting in both a verbal and physical manner.

Investigators say the duo yelled at him and threw shoes and a backpack at him while he was trying to hide.

No one from the school could be reached for comment, but according to police both Smith and Henderson were fired immediately after the video surfaced.

Two child care workers have transformed themselves into police after examiners said they were associated with criticizing a tyke with a mental imbalance in an episode recorded on video, reports CBS subsidiary WTSP. At the time, police hadn't squeezed charges on the grounds that the Florida Department of Children and Families was all the while researching. "They are trained to de-escalate situations, but that obviously did not happen". The pair surrendered after police issued warrants for their arrests.

Alexus Henderson is out on bail.

Smith appeared before a Polk County judge Friday afternoon where he gave her a $5,000 bond with a condition to stay away from the school and not be in contact with minors.

An attorney for the academy told ABC Action News that both Henderson and Smith had passed state background checks and completed the required certification in August. Calls can remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward.

Video shows child care workers taunting, abusing autistic boy