Oh. My. God. Those were the only three words I could say last night after viewing this Mississippi day care center surveillance video of a 9-year-old boy, busted terrorizing babies with punches, donkey kicks, slaps, bites, pinches and choking so brutal, it’s a miracle they’re not in coffins.
The unidentified tween carried out his reign of terror at the Kiddie City Childcare in Vicksburg, Miss., just steps from where a staffer gabbed on the phone and with other adults, oblivious to the tyrant’s abuse or the babies’ cries. Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong says the abuse went unnoticed by the childcare provider for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, despite that the children were seen in the video screaming and crying out in agony with each blow.
You are duly warned: this graphic video is extremely hard to watch. In one instance, the kid punches a baby, no more than a year old, square in the face, and then slams his head on a tray, causing the baby to throw up nearly immediately. In another instance, the boy literally stands up a 23-month-old little girl in the corner and, after checking to make sure no adults are watching, gives her a “kung-fu”-style kick to the back that sends the child flying.
Vicksburg police arrested childcare provider Sandra Trevillion, 49, on charges of contributing to the neglect of a minor. The father of one of the toddlers attacked in the video also was arrested for slapping a 6-year-old child that the 9-year-old bully pointed out as the abuser when the father demanded to know who hurt his kid. Jamie Williams will be in court today to answer to a charge of misdemeanor assault.
The only one who will not be arrested is the 9-year-old, whom authorities say is too young, under Mississippi law, to be charged. A copy of the video, along with a report, has been sent to state youth court, where administrators will decide if he will undergo mandatory counseling and anger management classes.
Captain Robert Stewart told Jackson, Mississippi’s WJTV that the child’s mother was “shocked” by her son’s actions and insisted there was no violence in her own home, but admitted that the video “shed some light” on unexplained injuries on her other children. An aunt, Vinia Dolley, told another station, WLBT, that the 9-year-old is a “normal child.”
“He bad. He fight but he don’t fight little babies. He do also have a problem. He take medicine every day and he just a normal child,” she said.
I just… I…
He bad? Bad? Really lady? How about he’s a psychopath who needs to be put on a psychiatric ward, where he can get serious professional help before he kills someone’s child—maybe even one of yours? Or he turns into a muscular man who dropkicks, punches, bites and slaps his girlfriend or his wife or his own children? Or he comes up against a mother and father who would just as soon shred him limb to limb after watching him beat down their babies like they’re grown men? Counseling wouldn’t even begin to be enough if that was my child. Finding out he’s on meds and might have a problem wouldn’t, either. And the daycare center is lucky someone hasn’t taken a torch to it, now that everyone knows that the workers there paid so little attention to the children that they could be donkey-kicked without anyone noticing—or caring enough to even see why every baby in the place is screaming. My God. I have no more words. Watch the video, knowing that you will feel really bad about what you see for quite some time.
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