Friday, March 31, 2017

Taking Care of Babies

"Caregiver in ‘baby fight club’ gets 33 months in jail" AP  September 30, 2016

MANASSAS, Va. — A former Virginia child care worker convicted on child cruelty charges in what prosecutors described as a ‘‘baby fight club’’ has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison.

A jury convicted Kierra Spriggs of Woodbridge earlier this year after testimony that she and a co-worker abused numerous 2-year-olds by stepping on their toes, feeding them Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, and making them fight one another.

The 33-month sentence is the maximum term the judge could have imposed.

The abuse occurred at a Minnieland Academy in 2013. The victims were a group of 2-year-olds who were cared for in what Minnieland designated its ‘‘monkey room.’’

A second worker, Sarah Jordan, was also convicted on similar charges and sentenced to nearly two years in prison.