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Kierra Nicole Spriggs & Sarah A Jordan arrested for abuse at Minnieland daycare center in Woodbridge

8:18 AM, Nov 25, 2013   |    comments
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WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Prince William County police have arrested two people following allegations of mistreatment at a Woodbridge daycare center.

Kierra Nicole Spriggs, 24 of Woodbridge and Sarah A Jordan, 29, of Woodbridge both face two counts of cruelty or injury to a child and two counts of assault and battery, officials said. 

The abuse happened at the Minnieland Academy at the Glen located at 4290 Prince William Pkwy in Woodbridge.

Police say between January and August of 2013, Spriggs and Jordan assaulted and abused at least three children between the ages of one and two, who were in their care at the facility.

The Virginia Department of Social Services says at least nine children were allegedly mistreated at the Minnieland Academy at the Glen.

The Virginia Department of Social Services investigation revealed two caretakers who 'punished toddlers physically and emotionally often for their own entertainment.'

In one case a caretaker fed 'flaming hot Cheetos.' In another, an employee told a toddler she was 'ugly and that her face and lips looked like a rat.' 

The report says the two employees encouraged aggressive behavior often 'pushing and tripping the toddlers.' They 'routinely' singled out children who were afraid of water and proceeded to 'spray the toddlers with the hose on high pressure often times in their faces.' The children would cry, the reports says, while the caretaker 'laughed.'

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