Georgia daycare assistant accused of body slamming child

Published: Dec. 6, 2018 at 4:47 PM EST
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Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

ATLANTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A daycare worker in Georgia is accused of body-slamming a one-year-old for not taking a nap.

Amani Hite/Educator: "This is a child. They're in a very vulnerable state. They can't do anything."

This is the mugshot of Jonee Hamilton, the daycare worker who allegedly body slammed a 16-month-old girl at Oxford Babies, Inc.

The owners told me they hired the 20-year-old a few months ago and fired her immediately after learning of the alleged attack.

Amani Hite/Educator: "Slamming a child, someone who is literally defenseless, in this case, is very senseless."

Amani Hite is a concerned educator.

She's not affiliated with the daycare located on Church Street.

A high-ranking law enforcement source told me investigators are now looking at a possible second attack that happened on the same day, November 28th.

Smyrna Police confirmed the investigation is far from over.

Heather Knight/Smyrna Police: "We have to review pretty much their whole case of videos and see if there's anything going on."

Police say the 16-month-old girl would not go down for a nap.

Investigators tell me they're not ready to release surveillance video of the alleged attack, but did say the child was bleeding from the mouth.

Chris Jose/Reporter: "Have you seen the video?"

Heather Knight/Smyrna Police: "I have."

Chris Jose/Reporter: "How disturbing was it?"

Heather Knight/Smyrna Police: "It shocks the conscience. It is very disturbing."

According to an arrest warrant I obtained... "In addition to the body slam, Hamilton grabbed the back of the child's head and with force, pushed the child's face into a mat."

Heather Knight/Smyrna Police: "If this isn't your occupation of choice if you don't think that you'll be good with children, find another job."

The toddler went to the doctor, but they didn't see a concussion or any broken bones.

Hamilton is currently being held without bond in Cobb County jail, charged with felony charges of aggravated assault and cruelty to children.





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