A TEEN worker at a church preschool in North Carolina has been charged with child abuse after three kids were allegedly injured.
Elizabeth Renee Mills, 19, was arrested by officers with the King Police Department on Oct. 8 for allegedly pinching students at Calvary Baptist Preschool, The Winston-Salem Journal reported.
An arrest warrant for Mills claims the part-time helper repeatedly pinched three one-year-old babies on their torsos and arms so hard that it caused bruising and sores, the outlet reported.
Mills, who was employed at the Calvary Baptist Church day-care center, graduated from Calvary Christian School – a high school affiliated with the preschool – in 2020, the outlet reported.
Cops started to investigate after the preschool reported the alleged behavior to the state's Child Protective Services agency — which then contacted police.
Ben Vogler, who has a young child who goes to the preschool, told local outlet WXII he was shocked to hear about what the young babies reportedly endured.
"I mean, just imagine what they were going through throughout the day without being able to vocalize it. My heart just shatters," Vogler told the outlet.
Another parent, whose child was allegedly one of the young abuse victims, told WXII she would still send her child to the school.
“Unfortunately, our child was involved in a very tragic incident. As soon as we brought it to the attention of the director and the preschool, they immediately handled it with integrity and truth. Because of that, we plan to still send our children there,” the mom said.
She continued: “We pray for Miss Mills and hope she receives the help she needs!”
Mills has been charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault on a child under 12 and three counts of misdemeanor child abuse, reports said.
The church has reportedly fired Mills and she will not be allowed back on campus.
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