A Plano, Texas, day care worker caught on video tossing a toddler boy face-down into a sleeping mat last week claims she “hot and tired” when the incident occurred, and admitted that she would be upset if it happened to her own child.
Dallas News reports that Jazmine Lexus Torres, 22, is accused of “abandoning or endangering a child/criminal negligence,” a felony charge, after a live video stream at The Children’s Courtyard on Parkwood Boulevard in Plano, showed her roughly handling an 18-month-old boy last Friday, who she claimed “wouldn’t go to sleep.” The child’s mother saw the incident while at work. She happened to look at the live video stream at the exact time Torres threw the little boy onto the mat.
Police issued a warrant for Torres’ arrest, but the officers dispatched to the day care reported that the director, “initially did not wish to cooperate and provide the suspect’s name.” Eventually, the director complied. Torres was arrested and booked into the Collin County jail.
According to the arrest affidavit, officers asked Torres, who’s pregnant, what she would do if her own child were treated that way. She replied that her actions were unacceptable and that she would want the person responsible fired. She also stated that she didn’t intentionally try to hurt the little boy.
The day care fired Torres and released a statement indicating that they “meet or exceed state guidelines,” and “don’t tolerate deviation from those standards.”
Yet, NBC DFW reports that The Children’s Courtyard at Plano has received 29 violations in the past two years. Nine of the violations were severe enough to put kids at risk.
The 18-month-old boy was not injured, but was taken to the hospital for a medical checkup as a precaution.
Torres remains behind bars on a $10,000 bond. If convicted, she could face up to two years in jail and substantial fines.
[Feature Photo: Collin County Jail]