Daycare worker arrested for beating a 1-year-old

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Orlando Sentinel

Garfield Hylton

A Florida woman has been arrested after she was caught on video dropping a 1-year-old on the floor.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Yamirka Menendez, 51, on Wednesday, according to their Facebook page.

Surveillance footage captured her abusing two different children on Sept. 8 at Time of Wonder Daycare, according to the sheriff’s office.

At 8 a.m, Menendez is seen removing a boy from a mechanical swing, then swinging the child by the wrists before dropping him onto the floor. After the drop, he could not stand or place any weight on his left foot and leg.

At noon that day, Menendez hit the same child in the head.

An hour later, footage captured her slapping a second victim, a 4-month-old baby.

On Sept. 9, the mother of the first child took her son to St. Joseph’s hospital after noticing he was experiencing pain in his foot, according to officials.

Medical officials said the boy had a broken tibia and fibula.

USF’s Child Protection team examined the boy on Sept. 23 and determined the injuries suffered by the child were the result of child abuse, according to authorities.

Hillsborough detectives were working with day care officials to review the video recordings.

The other day care employee in the room at the time of the abuse, Milagros Rodriguez, faces charges for failure to report child abuse.

Neither has a criminal history.

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