Police: Day care workers force fed, pushed babies

Police say two Southampton day care workers have been arrested and are accused of endangering the welfare of children. According to officials, an investigation into

On August 29, detectives arrested two employees that worked in the infant room tending to children ranging from 4 months to 18 months old.

On August 29, detectives arrested two employees that worked in the infant room tending to children ranging from 4 months to 18 months old. (9/1/15)

SOUTHAMPTON - Police say two Southampton day care workers have been arrested and are accused of endangering the welfare of children.

According to officials, an investigation into allegations of abuse was conducted at the Side By Side Day Care Center.

On August 29, detectives arrested two employees that worked in the infant room tending to children ranging from 4 months to 18 months old.

Officials say on several occasions the employees force fed, pushed and slammed the children down on the floor. Besides one 18-month-old child vomiting from forced feeding, no other injuries have been reported.

Police have identified the employees as Kathleen Culver, 33, of Southampton, and Sarah Dawber, 23, of Mastic Beach.

Both women are employed as teachers and were arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child.  They were released on an appearance ticket and will be arraigned at a later date.

New York State Office of Children & Family Services is continuing the investigation into the center.

The day care center had no comment about the arrests. An attorney for Sarah Dawber issued a statement calling the allegations "baseless." He says the complaint was made by a 20-year-old former employee of the center who had recently quit without explanation.

Detectives are asking any parents and guardians of children who have attended the day care to contact them if they have any information that may aid in the continuing investigation at 631-702-2230.

 

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