LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — A director of the Children’s Palace in Clermont, Florida, was arrested Monday after police said they received cellphone video of her abusing a child at the day care.
Investigators said one of Kimberly Reid’s co-workers recorded her hitting a 4-year-old with stuffed animals and throwing the boy to the ground.
The child is doing fine.
“Oh, my God. I’d kill her, as a mom, I’m sorry,” said Tricha Ramos.
Reid, 41, was arrested on child abuse charges. Reid is accused of abusing the child over the course of three weeks.
The co-worker who recorded the video turned it in to the Department of Children and Families, which then contacted police.
“It’s ridiculous. That’s crazy. I’m upset,” said Ramos.
“She basically chalked it up to she was doing ‘rough play,'” said Officer Erin Razo, of the Clermont Police Department.
DCF said the owner of the facility, who lives in Chicago, sent an email, saying she plans to give up the day care license.
There was a sign placed on the door that read, “Temporarily closed due to ownership change.”
“Change of ownership? They should just close it down. It’s ridiculous,” said Ramos.
Since the owner is relinquishing her license, anyone opening up would have to apply for a new license.
Channel 9 found out that Reid had been in trouble with the law before.
Reid was already on probation for a welfare fraud case out of Orange County. She is being held in lieu of bail for the probation violation.