BY JENNIFER CABRERA
HIGH SPRINGS, Fla. – Charlett Denise Wilson, 54, was arrested today and charged with child abuse without great bodily harm.
The director of the Deeper Purpose Community Church preschool contacted the High Springs Police Department yesterday afternoon to report an incident that occurred at the school. The incident was reportedly captured on video, and officers reviewed the video.
The video reportedly showed Wilson picking up a 3-year-old child and spinning her around in the air before throwing her down on her mat. Wilson also allegedly hit the child in the face “numerous times” with a long hard plastic object.
Wilson was charged in two battery cases in 2002, but adjudication of guilt was withheld. Bail information is unavailable on weekends.
Pastor Adam Joy of Deeper Purpose Community Church sent Alachua Chronicle a prepared statement in which he said that he had called the parents immediately after verifying on video that the teacher had harmed the child. He also immediately asked the teacher to leave the school. Joy added, “I want to make it abundantly clear, that what took place was absolutely unacceptable, will not be tolerated, and what happened to the child should never happen to any child.”
Joy said the teacher has been fired and will never be employed there in the future and that a closed meeting will be held for parents tomorrow.
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