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Mom accuses day care worker of abuse

August 6, 2003

Tifton-   LaTonya Young paid $35 a week for child care workers at First Steps Child Development Center to look after her 2-year-old son Jakobe.

But she was disturbed when she saw a videotape of the center.

"It shows her throwing him on the floor and kicking him," Young said.

Young was given the tape anonymously. When she arrived home Wednesday afternoon, she went to check her mail and in her mailbox found a video tape. Footage she's now grateful to have.

"Evidently, they wanted someone to see it."

The tape is from the same day in April that Young took Jakobe out of the center.

"They told me to pick him up because he had ringworm. When I picked him up, they said he couldn't come back, but I still had to pay for the week. I just stopped letting him go."

Young has turned the tape over to the Tift County Sheriff's Department and plans to press charges against the worker.

They are looking into the allegations, but right now the sheriff's department won't say anything about the case.

"If I have to go to Atlanta, wherever to get an attorney, something has to be done."

She hopes it will keep the same thing from happening to other children.

posted at 10:30 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com

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