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Covington Day Care Worker Issues Statement After Assault Charge

The former Covington day care worker who resigned after being accused of aggressively handling an 8-month old child, and who was later charged with fourth degree assault (child abuse) issued a statement Wednesday.

Sheila Sandmann, 63, resigned her position at Chapman Child Development Center, located on the campus of Holmes High School and operated by Covington Independent Public Schools, after the child was reportedly assaulted. 

Covington Police investigated the claim and charged Sandmann with the misdemeanor, saying that she 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.

Attorney Paul Hill, whose office is in Ft. Mitchell, said Wednesday that he is representing Sandmann in the case.

Through Hill, Sandmann, of Taylor Mill, asked that the public withhold judgment until the case plays out.

"This office represents Sheila Sandmann. Ms. Sandmann is a sixty-three year-old mother of three and grandmother of four. She has worked in the child care industry for the past 15 years. During that time, Ms. Sandmann has cared for hundreds if not thousands of children and has provided each of them love and care as if they were her own," Hill said. "She has never harmed, nor would ever harm a child and she did not harm this child. We ask that everyone please withhold judgment until this case plays out in a court of law."

The case first came to light at a Covington Board of Education meeting attending by The River City News, which was first to report on it. The 8-month old is the child of a Covington teacher, employed at an elementary school in the district. The teacher attended the board meeting to tell its members about her experience and to ask for changes to procedures at the day care center.