A day care worker in Spring, Texas, has been charged with injury to a child after allegedly slamming a 4-year-old girl to the ground.
Gregory Diglin was charged on March 26, four days after the incident, after a parent contacted police saying her daughter had been injured at the Children’s Lighthouse of Spring Harmony Daycare Center, reports
Surveillance video footage from the daycare center shows Diglin grabbing the girl by the arm and slamming her face to the ground. The child immediately starts screaming and Diglin takes her off camera to the other side of the room. Police said Diglin then attempted to wipe the blood off her face.
Chief Matthew Rodrigue of the Montgomery County Constables Office told , “The child has sustained injuries to the face and mouth area, busted lips, damage to the gums, featured dental damage as well.”
Police said the child is expected to make a full recovery but may have long-term dental trauma.
Diglin is currently being held at the Montgomery County Jail on a $200,000 bond.
On March 26, Children’s Lighthouse released a statement to ABC 7 Chicago about the incident, that read in part:
The video that has been made public is extremely disturbing. Our concern is with the child and her well being, which is of ultimate importance.
A teacher who is now no longer employed at Children’s Lighthouse of Spring Harmony acted in a manner that neither we nor our franchisee accept or condone. The owners of Children’s Lighthouse of Spring Harmony terminated the teacher’s employment immediately. Children’s Lighthouse Franchise Company and the owners of Children’s Lighthouse of Spring Harmony are cooperating with local authorities to ensure that the situation is handled properly.
Photo: Montgomery County Jail