Church daycare workers charged with abuse

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A special Autauga County grand jury has indicted three former church day care workers in Prattville for child abuse.

The 44 total charges against Susan Baker of Prattville, Leah Livingston of Wetumpka and Alicia Sorrells of Deatsville stem from their work at a daycare center run by Journey Church of the River Region, the Associated Press reported. The church is part of the Elmore Baptist Association.

The three women were arrested earlier this month after a prospective worker at the daycare center reported conduct she found relating to daycare managers.

A special grand jury was convened and dismissed the charges after viewing security videos showing children 2 and under being beaten, kicked and punched, according to court records and prosecutor CJ Robinson, who has spoke at a press conference.

‘Very little doubt’

“When you have videos of crimes of this nature, it leaves no doubt,” he said.

Each person was charged with child abuse and failing to report child abuse, the AP reported.

The three women also worked at a day care center at East Memorial Baptist Church in Prattville before it closed several months ago, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. East Memorial is part of the Autauga Baptist Association.

“They were moved to Journey Church,” after East Memorial closed, Robinson said. “We have no evidence that abuse occurred at East Memorial Day Care Center. But if you are the parent or guardian of a child who was taken into care there, ask your children if anything happened.

Robinson said church leaders cooperated with the investigation. A legal representative for Journey Church told The Alabama Baptist that church officials could not comment on an open and ongoing investigation and reiterated that, “as the chief assistant prosecutor has repeatedly stated, my Client has been proactive with boots in the field since day one, has been fully cooperative and extremely helpful to law enforcement in their ongoing investigation, and remains committed to this effort.

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