Woman turns self in after alleged daycare incident
A Berkeley County woman charged with third degree assault and battery turned herself in earlier this month and was released on bond, according to a statement from the Goose Creek Police Department.
According to an incident report, the suspect allegedly beat a 6-year-old boy at a day care center off St. James Avenue in Goose Creek either in late September or early October.
The boy’s mother first reported the incident on Oct. 1. She reported a conversation with her son in which she found out her son had been struck with his own belt in the bathroom by the suspect, according to the report.
The mother called the suspect on her personal cell phone. The suspect denied the beating but admitted to making another boy at the day care hold out his hand so she could pop it as a disciplinary measure, according to the report.
The mother told the suspect that it is not like her son’s character to lie and make up such a detailed story. She also told police her son understood the difference between truth and a fairy tale when she questioned him, according to the report.
The mother contacted the Department of Social Services, who told her they could not investigate the daycare because it operates less than four hours. The mother took her child out of that daycare center and police advised her to avoid contact with the suspect.
On Feb. 13 the suspect turned herself in and was taken before a municipal judge for a bond hearing, and was released on $1,092.50 personal recognizance after processing, according to GCPD.