Child-care center teach­ers abu­sive, re­port says

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A re­port by the Vir­ginia Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices says two teach­ers at a child-care center rou­tinely en­gaged in cruel treat­ment of tod­dlers in their care, in­clud­ing step­ping on their toes and giv­ing full-pres­sure sprays from a wa­ter hose.

Prince Wil­liam County po­lice say they have be­gun a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion of re­ported abuse in­flicted at the Min­nieland Academy at the Glen in Wood­bridge.

The story was first re­ported by in­sid­

The depart­ment in­ves­ti­gated af­ter re­ceiv­ing a com­plaint.

It cites cruel treat­ment over a six-month pe­riod this year by two staff mem­bers who were not iden­ti­fied by name.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the two staffers en­cour­aged fights among the tod­dlers in their care and dunked chil­dren known to be scared of wa­ter into wad­ing pools.

Min­nieland says it fired the teach­ers.

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