Pasco daycare worker charged with kicking sleeping child

January 21st, 2015 by Staff

Klemm, 48, was caught on camera kicking a toddler.

(ABC Action News/WFTS) TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. – Pasco County deputies have arrested a Tarpon Springs woman on charges of kicking a 15-month-old child at a daycare.
Linda Klemm, 48, is charged with child abuse.
According to an arrest affidavit, Klemm was working at Kids Stop and Play Daycare in Holiday when she was captured on camera kicking a sleeping toddler.
The child’s mother told investigators she dropped her daughter off at the daycare on Saturday without any marks or injuries. When the child was picked up six and half hours later, the mother noticed abrasions under her eye and on the side of her face.
A review of surveillance cameras showed Klemm intentionally kick the girl on the top of her head while she was sleeping. Klemm is later seen dragging her foot over the side of the child’s face. The child woke up and began to cry.
Klemm is later captured on camera, again, kicking the child on her buttocks.
“We were stunned. Sick,” said parent Lorie Jaquez.
Investigators were also stunned by the video.
“It’s horrific. I couldn’t believe what I was watching,” detective William Wood said.
Detectives showed Klemm the video a dozen times, he said.
“She wouldn’t admit to kicking the child in the head, and when I would pause it and go frame by frame, she wouldn’t admit to it,” Wood said.
The daycare owner, Rhonda Swetland, said she’s never had anything like this happen in her 22 years at the daycare.
“I was devastated. Upset about it. I don’t understand. It’s the worst thing that could ever happen,” she said.
On Facebook the child’s grandmother posted pictures of the girl’s injuries and said after a trip to the emergency room she is “such a little trooper already back to her original silly self.”
Detectives plan to review more video from the daycare’s 16 cameras to see if there were any other incidents.
While the girl injured in this case won’t be coming back to Kids Stop and Play, the owner says no other parents are pulling their kids out.

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