Lindsey Cavallaro, a daycare worker in Hamden Connecticut, recorded herself on a cell phone camera verbally harassing 3-year-old Michael Santana until he cried, reports WFSB.com.
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A teacher’s assistant at Sleeping Giant daycare, Cavallaro apparently has Michael sitting in a chair because he had “a moment,” though it is not shown. Excerpts from the exchange include:
“I don’t like you,” says Michael.
“Newsflash, sweetheart: I don’t really like you either, ’cause you throw toys,” Cavallero responds to the 3-year-old.
“I can knock your head off,” Michael replies, clearly becoming frustrated.
“Do it. C’mon. C’mon, boss, let’s go. You wanna scrap,” replies Cavallaro laughing.
Then she continues:
“Do it. Go ahead. No balls. Oh you’re a tough guy. Hey boss, show me your nine.”
Michael’s mother, Tyesha Reese, posted the troubling video on YouTube to raise awareness:
My name is Tyesha Reese and this is my three year old son Michael Santana who is being abused at Sleeping Giant Daycare in Hamden, Ct by his daycare teacher. This footage was being circulated around our town and got to my hands.It is a very disturbing and heartbreaking video to watch.I ask that you watch this video and help us spread awareness to other parents.My son has suffered and I don’t want any other child to go through what my child has been through.
See video clips below:
Cavallaro has been suspended pending an internal investigation and Sleeping Giant released the following statement: