Video of alleged child abuse at day care center prompts investigation

SAN DIEGO -- A social media post that apparently shows a day care worker pouring water on a sleeping toddler has prompted an investigation at an East County day care center.

"How dare they," said one mom who pulled into the day care's parking lot Thursday. "How dare they do that to a baby.”

"Someone has to be an advocate for these little guys," another mom said. "That little girl can't talk and can't go home and tell her mom."

In the video, an Alpine Children's Academy employee allegedly poured water on a sleeping 18-month-old girl, videotaped the act and posted the footage social media, according to sheriff's officials and Hunan Arshakian, owner of the daycare center in the 2400 block of Alpine Boulevard. FOX 5 received the video via a Facebook post. The poster claimed to have copied the video from the daycare worker's Snapchat post.

The baby did not suffer any injuries, Arshakian said, adding that a motive for the alleged abuse was unclear. He added in a statement to FOX5,

[We are] saddened and disturbed that such a horrific abuse occurred to one of our dear children at our school. The actions in this video are disgusting and we do not tolerate any of this type of behavior. The responsible parties have been terminated.

The purported crime was reported Wednesday afternoon. Upon learning about it an hour later, the director of the facility immediately fired the two employees, one of whom Arshakian said was the director's own daughter.

Child-abuse detectives were investigating the matter, sheriff's Lt. Kevin Ralph said.

The baby's parents were immediately notified and elected to keep the girl enrolled in the day care center, Arshakian said.

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