Aladdin’s Castle Learning Center employee arrested for injuring a child
ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) - Sara Micaela Middleton, an employee at Aladdin’s Castle Learning Center was arrested Thursday morning for injury to a child.
According to the Odessa Police Department, officers were called to the OPD lobby where a man and woman were there to inform officers about the incident involving a one-year-old.
CBS7 has learned that the woman was the baby’s mother.
According to the affidavit obtained by CBS7, the mother claims she received a call on Wednesday from personnel at Aladdins Castle who said that her baby had fallen off the changing table.
The mother then went to the daycare to pick up her child and noticed that the baby’s right arm was swollen.
She kept her child’s arm as still as possible and took her to Odessa Regional Medical Center where she learned that the baby’s elbow was dislocated.
Officers with OPD obtained video of the incident.
According to the affidavit, the video shows Middleton recklessly pulling the baby’s arm as she was sitting on the ground, then lifting her off the ground.
Middleton then dragged the child by the foot out of camera sight.
Middleton was arrested at Aladdin’s Castle on the following charges: injury child/elderly/disabled reckless bodily injury.
Aladdin’s Castle personnel denies telling the mother that her baby had fallen off a changing table.
The owner says she told the mother “Your child, in the process of getting a diaper change has hurt their arm.”
According to the Learning Center, they had made accommodations for Middleton since under doctor’s orders she could not lift 15 pounds or more.
Middleton was changing diapers on a disinfected changing pad that was placed on the floor.
The center claims that Middleton was trying to get the baby to the changing mat (off camera) but the child was resisting because they wanted to continue to play.
The center says they have not yet had a chance to speak to Middleton but they believe that due to the charges she “will probably not be qualified to work with children ever again.”
CBS7 will update this story as we know more.
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