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Johnathan Desmond Cummings of Upper Marlboro, Md., arrested for child abuse at unlicensed day care center; assault of 2-year-old boy caught on tape

3:20 PM, Jan 9, 2013   |    comments
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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA) - A worker at an unlicensed day care center has been arrested and charged with child abuse in the assault of a 2-year-old, according to Prince George's County Police. 

Johnathan Desmond Cummings, 19, of  the 13600 block of Wood Ember Drive in Upper Marlboro, was arrested on January 7, 2013. He is charged with physical child abuse and second degree assault.

Police were called to the 13600 block of Wood Ember Drive in Upper Marlboro on Monday for the report of physical child abuse. The investigation revealed that an unlicensed residential day care was operating at that location and Cummings, employed as a caregiver at the residence, assaulted a 2-year-old boy under his care.

A witness captured the incident on video, which alerted parents to the assault.

Cummings is charged with physical child abuse and second degree assault. Cummings, who admitted to kicking the child, has been released on a $35,000 bond. Detectives believe there may be additional victims.

The Maryland State Department of Education's Office of Child Care has issued the unlicensed day care center a cease and desist order. The owners were informed they can not provide day care services until they have been properly licensed.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call (301) 772-4930 or 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text "PGPD" plus your message to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone.


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