Woman charged with assaulting kids at child care center

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A woman who worked as a caregiver at a child development center at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va. is charged with assault.

According to Department of Justice officials, 47-year-old Va Nessa Taylor of Temple Hills, Md., is "charged with simple assault against a child under 16 years of age at a facility located within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States."

According to court records, on January 29, another employee reported that Taylor withheld food from a two-year-old child during lunch at the Cody Child Development Center. Further investigation and review of surveillance footage revealed that on four separate instances, Taylor hit and pushed four children who ranged from 18 months to 2 years of age, say authorities. Authorities say the first incident happened November 26, 2013.

None of the children appeared to suffer any physical injuries, say authorities.

Taylor was removed from her duties on Jan. 30. Her conduct was reported to the authorities at JBM-HH, we are told.

The crime is a Class A misdemeanor under federal law, and if convicted, Taylor faces up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

The Cody Child Development Center is the largest in the Department of Defense and serves military and civilian families who work at the Pentagon, Forts Myer-Henderson and McNair and throughout the national capital region, according to Justice Department officials.


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