Daycare worker fired, charged with child abuse

By: 
STEVE SMITH SSMITH@LACLEDERECORD.COM

A former employee of Bullfrogs and Little Fishes Day Care and Preschool has been charged with child abuse for assaulting a three-year-old child in her care.
Lebanon Police said the incident was reported by the school’s board of directors shortly after it occurred.
“It was reported by the board of directors on March 15 that an employee had assaulted a child while working under her care and that person has been discharged,”  Det. Sgt. Kacie Springer said.
According to the probable cause statement from the Lebanon Police Department, 24-year-old Shaunna Keithley allegedly picked up and threw down on the ground a child under her direct supervision at the daycare. 
Springer said the child was not seriously injured but suffered a bruise to her left hip.
According to online court documents, a warrant for Keithley was issued and bond set at $5,000. The defendant was not to have any contact with the alleged victim or be within 500 feet of the alleged victim’s property as a condition of release.
After reviewing the incident and speaking with Keithley, Bullfrogs and Little Fishes decided to fire her. After terminating her from the daycare’s employ, the board and director of the facility spoke with the child’s guardians and contacted the police, according to a statement from the facility.
“Bullfrogs and Little Fishes has been a fixture here for 38 years and this is the first incident we have had like this. We are so sad this has happened. We have since made sure all employees know that asking another staff member or our director for a brief time to step away if they are feeling stressed is what we prefer they do if they feel they need some time to refresh themselves and renew their spirit during their shift. We care about our children and consider our kids one big family, as well as our staff members. We are all hurting at this time, and ask for continued prayers as we move forward from this incident,” Bullfrogs and Little Fishes said in a written statement to the Laclede County Record.

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