Trial dates set for day care workers in abuse case

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Trial dates have been set for two women indicted on charges of abusing toddlers at the Minnieland Academy Daycare in Woodbridge, Va.

According to the Commonwealth's Attorney for Prince William County, the trial for Kierra Nicole Spriggs is scheduled for September 22. The trial for co-defendant Sarah Jordan is scheduled for October 20. Both will be jury trials.

The indictments on both women include roughly 100 counts including several counts of felony child abuse, assault and battery, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, officials said.


The felony charges stem from alleged abuse of three toddlers in an eight month period. The former caretakers could face additional charges involving more children.

In a previous testimony, two former employees spoke about alleged repeated mistreatment last year at the Minnieland Academy. They said Sara Jordan tripped a child on purpose and snapped rubber bands on children's wrists and laughed while the children cried.

Spriggs is accused of stepping on a child's feet because she was mad the girl was not wearing her shoes, biting a child's finger because the toddler bit other children, and according to testimony, Spriggs is accused of hitting children with objects until their knuckles were "beet red."

Her co-defendant, Sara Jordan, is accused of spraying a child, who was afraid of water, with a hose on full blast in the child's face. Child Protective Services reported it was often times for Jordan's amusement despite the child screaming and crying.

A parent, WUSA9 talked with in January said her daughter has lingering affects of trauma. "They took something very precious. In my daughter's case, my daughter stopped talking," said the parent. That parent did not want to be identified.


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