The graphic video footage was captured by a surveillance camera inside the Kiddie City Daycare center in Vicksburg, MS. The unidentified 9-year-old can also be seen performing wrestling moves on a toddler when adults turn their backs or leave the room.
Mississippi Department of Health regulations is investigating why the 9-year-old boy was mingling with infants and toddlers.
In an exclusive interview with a WLBT photojournalist, the boy’s aunt said the child had emotional and behavioral problems for which he was prescribed medicine.
“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,” says Vinia Dolley.
Police arrested daycare worker Sandra Travillion (pictured above right), who can be seen in the video standing by a window talking on the phone as the 9-year-old drop kicked a child. Tavillion, who worked at the daycare for 3 weeks, has been fired.
“This nine year-old child, he was allowed to pretty much run rough shot over that entire room for a period of 15 to 20 minutes. All his actions went unnoticed,” says Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong.
The 9-year-old’s case is being handled through the Warren County Youth Court which has jurisdiction over the juvenile detention facilities.
Mississippi law states: “Preschool children shall not be grouped with school age children in any single area during normal classroom activities.”
Like many concerned citizens who watched the video earlier this week, Claudia Sears was too distressed to watch the video again.
Sears owns Claudia’s Childcare Center in Pearl, MS. “I can’t even watch it now. It is so distressing,” she says. Sears follows the state guidelines regarding separating age groups. At the end of business hours, “We still keep creepers in their room,” Claudia says. “We don’t ever mix them with anybody.”