Two Ohio day care workers were arrested after they allegedly did nothing as a 5-year-old girl was bullied by her peers, WCMH reports.
Emma Dietrich, 31, and Joshua Tennant, 27, both from Columbus, face child endangerment charges stemming from an incident at Worthington Learning Center on Aug. 13.
Police said the two were sitting at a table in a classroom when one of Dietrich’s older students brought another student into the room. Video shows the older student, along with other classmates, grabbing, pulling, dragging and swinging at the girl as she closes her eyes and tries to protect herself, authorities said. At one point, the 5-year-old attempts to curl up into a fetal position, WCMH notes.
As the incident unfolded, Dietrich and Tennant observed without taking any action to stop the children from bullying the girl, police said. Tennant did, however, pick the girl up by her right ankle and at another point grab the child’s other leg and carry her upside down.
Court documents state the workers allowed the bullying to occur because they wanted to punish the child.
Though multiple parents told WCMH that they had never had any issues with Tennant, others said they would pull their children from the day care.
According to reports, the state last inspected Worthington Learning Center in June after officials discovered several issues, including the fact that the day care’s staff had not completed safety and child abuse training. The center eventually complied with state regulations.