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Charges Filed Against Day Care Employee Accused of Assaulting Child

A former employee at Chapman Child Development Center is now facing a criminal charge after the mother of an 8-month old baby says the child was assaulted.

The River City News was first to report on the issue after the child's mother, a teacher at an elementary school within the Covington Independent Public Schools district, spoke to the Covington board of education about the matter.

Covington Police investigated the case. The child care center is located on the campus of Holmes High School in Covington.

During the investigation, police said they determined that the employee inappropriately grabbed and handled the child. That child did not suffer any serious internal or external injury but did have visible swelling on her arm, police said.

Sheila Sandmann, 63, of Taylor Mill, is charged with one count of fourth degree assault, a misdemeanor.

Sandmann was asked to resign and did so, The River City News previously reported.

The Covington Board of Education released a statement to The River City News last week.

"The district was made aware of an incident that occurred at Chapman Child Care Center on August 26, 2019," the statement said. "While legally the district is not at liberty to discuss details of this matter, we can say that immediate action was taken. The incident was promptly reported to the Cabinet for Families and Children. The person who was said to be involved is no longer employed by Covington Independent Public Schools.

"In addition, Superintendent Alvin Garrison and members of his administrative team met with the parents of the child. Mr. Garrison assured them that their concerns were heard and given consideration in his decision-making."

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher

Photo: Holmes High School (RCN file)