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Video shows Schertz day care worker slap, drag child with special needs

SCHERTZ, Texas – A Schertz daycare worker is not going to be criminally charged for assault regardless of college bus surveillance video that confirmed her slap a 13-year-old woman with a extreme mental incapacity after which drag her throughout the ground of the bus earlier this year.

Lori Doores, 55, had been below investigation since shortly after the April 27 incident on board a Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District bus.

A virtually two-minute video clip obtained by KSAT Investigates shows Doores climb on board the bus simply after 5 p.m. and inform the child to rise up “right now” and that she goes to “get into trouble.”

After Doores repeatedly slaps herself on her wrist, Jaylyn, who has 1p36 deletion syndrome and was not too long ago recognized as being autistic, reaches for Doores twice.

The footage then shows Doores use her proper hand to slap Jaylyn within the face earlier than telling her, “You don’t do that to me, ‘cuz I’ll hit you back, right?”

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Moments later, with Jaylyn now seated close to the steps to exit the bus, Doores grabs the woman by her left ankle and pulls her towards the steps.

Jaylyn then exits the bus and walks barefoot throughout the pavement to the daycare, Mary’s Little Lambs within the 1200 block of Oak Street, whereas holding Doores’ hand.

“There was no need for her to be taken off the bus that way. If they couldn’t handle her or get her off the bus, they should have reached out to me,” stated Jaylyn’s mom, Marisela Gutierrez.

Jaylyn’s chromosome dysfunction causes her to be unable to talk and she or he additionally has seizures on account of it.

Through an e mail, Doores declined to remark for this story.

Video prompts investigation into day care

Gutierrez stated she was contacted by SCUCISD’s transportation division after the incident, and was allowed to observe the footage.

An SCUCISD spokeswoman confirmed this week that the bus monitor onboard through the incident reported what occurred to her speedy supervisor.

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Gutierrez stated after watching the footage she reported Doores to Schertz Police and to state child care investigators.

A subsequent investigation carried out by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission on April 28, a day after the incident, discovered 4 deficiencies on the day care, all associated to Doores’ actions.

The investigation discovered that the power’s director was not holding caregivers accountable when they didn’t adhere to applicable self-discipline and steerage requirements.

The day care was additionally cited for Doores not displaying self-control and for utilizing harsh and inappropriate language towards a child with special needs.

The fourth deficiency states that Doores struck the child within the face with an open hand and that her choice to seize the child’s ankle to attempt to get her off the bus may have resulted in severe harm, HHSC data present.

Mary’s Little Lambs was additionally cited in late January 2020 after a caregiver wrapped her arm round a child’s neck whereas the child was struggling a tantrum, state data present.

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A spokeswoman for HHSC confirmed this week Mary’s Little Lambs is now on a voluntary plan of motion that’s anticipated to final till January 2023.

Court rejects misdemeanor cost

Schertz police officers this week confirmed Doores is not going to be criminally charged for the incident.

A detective assigned to the case famous she believed that Doores had made contact with Jaylyn’s face however the case may solely be filed as a Class C misdemeanor assault by contact, since no obvious bodily harm occurred.

Had Jaylyn suffered an harm, the case may have been filed as felony harm to a disabled individual.

The misdemeanor case was forwarded by Schertz PD to municipal courtroom, which then rejected it, a Schertz metropolis official confirmed this week.

Barbara Niemietz, the director of Mary’s Little Lambs, advised KSAT Investigates through phone this week that Doores resigned earlier this year after being moved away from youngsters and compelled to work kitchen obligation.

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Doores had labored on the facility for 3 years, Niemietz stated.

Niemietz stated Jaylyn attended the day care for 9 years.

“She’s a handful,” stated Niemietz, who added that she “will never take a handicap again.”

“Maybe she didn’t know there was cameras, but to do it in the open in front of two people, what was being done when nobody was watching?” stated Gutierrez, referring to Doores. “That’s what breaks me every night, still to this day, the past four months. I think about it: what was she enduring inside the day care?”

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