LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — A Lafayette day care worker has been arrested for cruelty to one of her charges, police said.
Clemonia Onezime 22, of Lafayette was arrested by the Lafayette Police Department’s Youth Services Section Tuesday and booked into Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on one count of Cruelty to Juveniles, authorities said.
Police said the arrest stems from a report filed by the 2-year-old victim’s parent alleging cruelty on April 28. The report alleged that Onezime, who was employed at the time at Little Blessings Childcare and Preschool in the 800 block of Pandora Street, grabbed the victim who was under her care and slammed him to the ground for not wanting to take a nap.
Onezime was also observed placing the victim in a prone position on a mat where she placed her thigh on his lower back and used her body weight to restrict the victim from moving, police said.
Nathaniel Moore, president and CEO of Little Blessings Childcare and Preschool, said Onezime was fired immediately after video of the incident was reviewed.
“As we review(ed) the footage, we saw that another teacher was in and out the classroom, and had to have seen some of things that happened,” Moore said. “She was fired as well. It was that teacher’s responsibility to protect the child, report the incident to her supervisors and to DCFS, and she did not do that.”
Details of Onezime’s bond, if any, have not been released.