Saturday 17 February 2018

Nursery teacher who ran 'baby fight club' found guilty of child cruelty

Sarah Jordan, a daycare teacher from Virgina, has been convited on 13 criminal charges

Sarah Jordan Photo: CBS
Sarah Jordan Photo: CBS

Adam Boult

DAYCARE teacher Sarah Jordan, 31, is facing decades in prison after a Virginia jury found her guilty on 13 felony and misdemeanor charges including assault and child cruelty.

The court heard that Jordan had encouraged toddlers at Minnieland Academy in Woodbridge to fight each other, stepped on their toes, tripped them, and physically and emotionally abused them for her own entertainment.

One young girl was told by Jordan that she was 'ugly' and 'looked like a rat',

According to a social services report, Jordan had targeted children who were scared of water and sprayed them in the face with a high pressure hose or dumped buckets of water on them.

Jordan denied the charges, claiming she had used a hose to sprinkle children with water on occasion, but never tried to hurt them.

One father who's son was under Jordan's care at Minnieland said the boy had been forced to fight other children.

"The teacher was making him the class bully made to fight," he told reporters. "She knows what she did. Justice has prevailed."

Another testified that his daughter had ‘completely stopped talking’ once she was in Jordan's class.

Three co-workers at the school testified against Jordan, saying they had witnessed her abusing the toddlers.

Prosecutor Ashleigh Landers told the court that Jordan had fostered an atmosphere "almost creating like a baby fight club," doing huge damage to the children's psyches.

Parents testified that their children had become scared of water, and some had started behaving in ways similar to the abuse described in the classroom, such as stepping on other people's feet.

James J. McCoart, a lawyer representing a number of the families, described Jordan's actions as "not only... cruel and traumatic, but outrageous criminal conduct on our community's most vulnerable."

Another former member of Minnieland Academy staff, 26-year Kierra Spriggs, is scheduled for trial under similar charges next month.

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