Wednesday 21 March 2018

Childcare workers who ran toddler 'Fight Club' face up to five years in jail

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Stock Credit: Getty Images

David Kearns

Two childcare workers were accused of a running a toddler ‘fight club’ after they filmed fights between children as young as four and posted the videos online.

Prosecutors in the United States has charged two former employees at a daycare centre in New Jersey with fourth-degree child abuse after they allegedly instigated fights between children.

Erica Kenny (22) and Chanese White (28) are said to have encouraged the children to get aggressive and attack one another.

Ms Kenny also faces charges for third-degree endangerment of a child, and is accused of filming the fights and sharing them on Snapchat.

In the video clips, the 22-year-old can be heard referencing the activity as 'Fight Club,' quoting from the book and the movie.

According to a release from the Union County Prosecutor's Office, the two women “instigated fights among children ages 4-6 ... on at least one day in Mid-August".

Approximately a dozen boys and girls at the daycare centre can be seen in the video clips shoving each other to the ground and attempting to strike each other.

Ms White faces up to 18 months in prison, while Ms Kenny faces five years. Both are due to appear in court on Friday.

“We don’t believe there were any serious injuries at this point, but we are still investigating the case,” said Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park

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