A daycare worker was arrested for allegedly slamming a 16-month-old’s head to the ground because the child wouldn’t go down for a nap.

According to officials, 20-year-old Jonee Hamilton shoved the toddler’s head into a mat at Oxford Babies childcare center in Atlanta, Georgia, and the alleged attack was caught on surveillance video.

Screenshot/Fox 5

In addition, officer Heather Knight told Fox 5:

“She takes the head of the child and slams it into the ground and she picks the kid up and slams her on the ground and causes a laceration on the lip and it bleeds everywhere.”

Police said the child was left bleeding from the mouth, fortunately, there were no signs of serious injuries.

The toddler’s parents were immediately contacted and they rushed the child to the doctor for treatment.

The baby didn’t suffer from a concussion or any broken bones. Knight said:

“We have seen deaths from this kind of action, we’re very lucky, the parents of the little girl are very lucky, this child this child did not lose her life.”

The police officer told WRDW:

 “It shocks the conscience. It is very disturbing.”

Hamilton was hired a few months ago after passing a background check. The owners of Oxford Babies released a statement indicating:

The teacher was fired immediately. Prior to her being hired the teacher passed all background checks and had no prior history of improper behavior.

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Hamilton is being held on bond and was charged with aggravated assault and cruelty to children.

Investigators said they are not ready to release surveillance video from the incident that occurred on November 28.

According to a recent Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) report, “nonparents” were 

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20 Replies to “Daycare Worker Is Accused of Slamming a 1-Year-Old’s Head to the Ground for Not Taking a Nap”

  • Michael Anthony Thomas 2 years ago

    No parent should trust any stranger with the care of your baby or toddler. Are you surprised that this happened.I am sure incidents like this happen more often than is reported. Nobody is going to care for your child the way the parents will.

    • Barbj 2 years ago

      Not all mothers can afford to stay home or have grandparents watch their kids, even if they’d love to have that option. Don’t make assumptions.

      • Jules 2 years ago

        The best care can almost always be provided by a mother or relatives. Not always, but there is less of a chance of death of abuse. That will never change and working mothers have to learn and take this as truth. Don’t work, stay home and protect your children. Don’t get divorced, and then become single mothers.

        • Anonymous 2 years ago

          With the cost of child care these days, it’s probably cheaper to have one of the parents stay home with the child or children.

      • Anonymous 2 years ago

        Then don’t have babies!!! Duh!

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      right so I should just quit my job and live off of welfare because my kids are in daycare

  • Jamie Gorczynski 2 years ago

    If you can’t afford to stay home and care for your kids, don’t have kids. There is no way in hell I would entrust the safety of my children to strangers, and allow some stranger to raise them. It’s always the same offenders. What do you expect from such a low-paying job? These people are uneducated bottom of the barrel humans. Disgusting.

    • Sierra 2 years ago

      Well America’s population grow will be negative.

    • Barbj 2 years ago

      Don’t judge people if you’re not in their situation.

  • R-U-Kidding-Me 2 years ago

    I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to pause for a moment and give thanks for the great contributions of the black community to our society. Their peaceful and generous nature make them ideal neighbors, lending testimony to their exceptional family values and parenting skills unrivaled by any other culture. Their commitment to academic excellence enriches our schools and serves as an example to all who hope to achieve prominence as a people. Real estate values are fueled by the mix of African Americans into an area due to their caring and respectful nature of these communities, an example of all they have achieved through their enthusiasm for self improvement by hard work and a self-reliant can-do nature. Without their industrious and creative drive, we would be poorer as a nation. Lets not forget their unique ability to defuse any type of confrontation while lowering hyperbolic confabulation.

    • Mary Meek 2 years ago

      This woman could have caused serious injury to this child. She made a serious mistake, and the incident had nothing to do with her race. She should have responded differently when she found herself getting frustrated. Not everyone has the personality or skill necessary to do this particular job. Fortunately the child suffered no serious medical result from this incident.

      • Frito el bandido 2 years ago

        Mary..very well put. however if you don’t possess the “personality or skill” then you would serve well in not being involved in this field.

      • Jules 2 years ago

        Black people are more violent towards each other and other races. That is a FACT. No political correctness will ever change that.

    • Paul 2 years ago


    • Tim Swofford 2 years ago

      LOL Good one.A mind is a terrible thing to waste. The black community has done more than any race to take charge of the Dept. of corrections and to rehabilitate criminals into upstanding productive citizens upon their release back into the best communities America has to offer. I am absolutely sure without a doubt, that this video of this person accused of this crime was doctored, and made up and she is innocent of any wrongdoing.

    • Gidge 2 years ago

      You so funny lol

  • Sarah Spencer 2 years ago

    Contrary to what some commenters have already said, Daycare providers, depending on state, are required to have training, pass background checks, are CPR and First Aid qualified, as well as have regular home inspections by the state Inspectors. My Mom did Daycare for birth to 3 years of age for 20+ years, registered with no more than 6 children. She had no problems whatsoever. She is now retired.
    Parents need to do their do diligence in checking out the daycare providers background for themselves.
    Do not judge all daycare providers by one bad apple. Do not judge parents just because they utilize daycare providers.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    This is a very sad occurrence indeed. A person cannot deem that all Daycare workers are like this unfit woman who could not control her temper.
    The first Daycare Center that my son’s were able to attend was incredible!
    I had to go to work immediately after having my second son. He was spoiled rotten!
    Parents need to educate themselves on the criteria of the state laws and policies of child care centers and check out the center to make sure that these policies are being implemented.
    AND. . . Please don’t forget that many parents also abuse their own children. Just because you have had unprotected sex doesn’t make you a responsible loving parent.

  • Nick Tsambassis 2 years ago

    Would she do that to her own children? Did she have it done to her as a child? Even if she did, it doesn’t justify what she did to this child. She’s proven her unsuitability for that type of job, and it looks like she has the potential to abuse her own children.

  • Mel 2 years ago

    This makes my blood boil. This daycare worker needs to be held criminally accountable for what she did. How dare she harm this baby who was entrusted in her care! We aren’t talking color of someone’s skin or whether you should stay at home with your child. We are talking about someone who harmed a child, a child who could not defend itself. As far as day care worker possibly having been abused herself as a child that could be a possibility, but it does not minimize the act of physically harming another. These day care managers really need to monitor their employees at all times and need to keep educating them on how to care for the children.

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