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Looks like someone broke the first rule of toddler fight club. The mothers of two 3-year-olds, who were allegedly encouraged to fight by staff at a Delaware day care facility, are suing the facility, its owners and several employees.
Police arrested three staffers in August after detectives found video footage of the fight, and immediately closed The Hands of Our Future day care in Dover, Delaware. Now mothers Tamika Chandler and Makeisha Gray are seeking damages and say that the March fight was not an isolated incident.
‘Plaintiffs Kylil and Nashon, three (3) years old at the time of the abuse, were forced to physically pummel each other on several occasions,’ the criminal complaint reads, according to ABC. The mothers are claiming the facility owners and staff knew about the fights, which court documents calls “ongoing and recurring,’ yet did nothing to stop them.
Tiana Harris, 19, Estefania Meyers, 21, and Lisa Parker, 47, were arrested on Aug. 20, and charged with second degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and conspiracy.
The new suit claims also include false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress. They also accuse the owners of negligence and breach of contract.
The whole thing was recorded by one of the day care staff on her cell phone. ‘He’s pinching me,’ you can hear one toddler screaming.
Then a daycare staffer responds with a rule: ‘No pinching, only punching.’