Child Care Workers Arrested After Video Shows Them Taunting, Abusing Autistic Boy

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Two Florida child care workers turned themselves into local authorities this week after a Snapchat video surfaced of them taunting and attacking an 8-year-old autistic boy.

The three-minute video, investigators say, shows Kaderrica Smith, of Haines City, and Alexus Henderson, of Dundee, harassing the child.

Henderson and Smith have had their certifications suspended, preventing them from getting another job working with children. At one point, one of the women is seen holding both the boy's arms and using her leg to swipe the his legs out from under him, cops say.

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Police allege the video shows the boy reacting to the abuse in "both a verbal and physical manner".

Police said the video shows one of the workers then throwing shoes and a backpack at the child while he's under the table. The interview was completed on September 15. and, according to police, it was determined that both workers committed criminal acts in dealing with the boy.

The boy who was subjected to the abuse was diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, ODD and severe outbursts.

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Two child care workers have transformed themselves into police after examiners said they were associated with criticizing a tyke with a mental imbalance in an episode recorded on video, reports CBS subsidiary WTSP.

An initial interview conducted with both Henderson and Smith revealed that they felt they were acting appropriately and they did nothing wrong. "They are trained to de-escalate situations, but that obviously did not happen", Winter Haven Police Chief Charlie Bird told reporters. The pair surrendered after police issued warrants for their arrests. Multiple attempts to locate Henderson and Smith have been met with negative results, therefore warrants for their arrests have been obtained. Henderson was booked for child neglect. Smith is now being held without bond and will have her first court appearance September 22. Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward.

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