JPD: daycare employee hits 3 children on head with wooden stick

Shanell Williams (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)
Shanell Williams (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Police and witnesses say she harmed multiple children at the daycare where she worked. Though Shanell Williams is out of jail, she's also out of a job after her misconduct at a local daycare.

Jonesboro Police say Williams used a small, wooden stick to hit three children on the head at KidSPOT daycare.

Williams allegedly hit two four year old boys and one seven year old, autistic boy on the head with the stick used musical purposes at KidSPOT.

Lead Detective on the case, Brandon King said Williams hit two of them so hard, it caused a visible knot on the tops of their heads.

JPD first heard about the incident Tuesday and began investigating.

"The complainant's four year old son had been hit with some sort of, what he called a drumstick, when he was at school. Said the teacher hit him over the head at least twice with it," King explained.

A probable cause affidavit states Williams told the boy she would do it again if he told anyone.

When JPD went to KidSPOT to investigate, the daycare was already conducting an internal investigation into Williams as another employee and a child stated they witnessed Williams strike that seven year old autistic boy on the head with that same wooden stick.

"It's something they use for a percussion type instrument...just part of their daily activities," King said. "Not for punishment."

KidSPOT said Williams had been working there roughly 6 to 8 months and had no prior record when she was hired. The daycare released this statement to Region 8 News on Williams arrest and the incident:

"As soon as we received information concerning the incidents in question, we completed and investigation and, thereafter, terminated the employee. We plan to fully cooperate with the authorities and with DHS related to their investigations of the incidents. The welfare of our children remains our first priority. We will continue to monitor the situation and take all necessary steps to ensure the continued safety and well-being of our children. Because of the ongoing investigation, any additional questions must be directed to our legal counsel."

KidSPOT did tell Region 8 News that the children Williams allegedly injured are back at the daycare but Williams will not be coming back as they did terminate her.

She was also issued a no-contact order during her probable cause hearing. Williams is not allowed within 100 yards of KidSPOT. Williams is due back in court on January 31.

Her charges include two counts of felony battery and one misdemeanor count of assault.

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