In disturbing news two former employees at a local daycare in Ohio are now facing charges after shoving a child to the ground who was in their car.
According to Local 12
James Ciolino was apparently watching over 10 kids in his class back in June when a little girl left the room with another class.
The teacher of the other class, Jennifer Miller, reportedly noticed her and yelled at Ciolino to come get her.
Police say he closed his door, but Miller opened it and shoved the girl into the room.
That’s when Ciolino, who is a reported 6-feet tall and about 315 pounds, is shown putting his hand on the girl’s chest and pushing her, causing her to fall and start crying.
Miller watched it all happen and proceeded to shut the door and leave. Ciolino apparently stayed in his seat while she cried for about a minute before picking her up by the waist and carrying her to the front office.
Video shows that he didn’t check to see if the girl was injured in any way.
The director of Wilde Kingdom Early Learning Center, Lisa McMillion, is the one who filed charges against the pair.
McMillion says a third teacher, seen in the red shirt in the video, came into the classroom after the girl was pushed to the ground. She says that teacher was not involved in this incident.
“The video itself has all the truth it needs in it. So as soon as you watch that or as soon as you see that, you know immediately what has to be done,” McMillion said.
“You just know something is not right with that cry. As a mom, you know when something is not right.
And as a director, I know all of those children and I know how they cry.”
McMillion said she immediately pulled the surveillance video, fired the two teachers and reported the incident to police as well as the little girl’s family.
“I was like, ‘What the hell is this?’ I cried. I couldn’t hold it. I was so heartbroken,” Ernestine Pumah said.
Pumah is the little girl’s mom. She says, three months later, the family is still struggling to forget the incident.
“The guy just pushed her away like an animal,” Pumah said. “A little baby who knows nothing, who all she knows in life is to play, eat and sleep. You push her down on her chest and she’s lying down crying, and you are still doing what you were doing? What a heartless man.”
Pumah praises McMillion’s honesty for notifying her as soon as this incident happened. She says she feels comfortable sending her daughter to the daycare since the teachers have been fired.
McMillion said both teachers came highly recommended by their previous employers and had worked at Wilde Kingdom for less than a month.
Police charged Ciolino with assault and child endangerment. Miller is charged with child endangerment.
Both have pleaded not guilty and are set to go on trial Dec. 3.