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VIDEO: DAYCARE WORKER ARRESTED IN CHILD ABUSE CASE

A daycare teacher is seen on video hitting and dropping a baby causing serious injuries to the child

On September 8, 2021, at approximately 8:00 a.m., Yamirka Menendez, 51, is seen on surveillance cameras at the Time of Wonder Daycare in Tampa, FL removing a one-year-old child from a mechanical swing by his wrists, swinging the child about three feet in the air over a retaining wall and then dropping the child to the floor. Due to the fall, the boy was unable to stand upright or place weight on his left foot and leg.

Yamirka Menendez

Yamirka Menendez

Just after 12:00 p.m. on the same day, the same victim was again in the mechanical swing when Yamirka is seen on video striking the child in the head.

About an hour later, at 1:08 p.m., Yamirka is seen on video feeding a second baby, a four-month-old, who is placed on her lap. Yamirka forcefully grabbed and yanked the victim’s right leg and slapped the baby several times.

On September 9, 2021, the mother of the one-year-old baby transported the child to St. Joseph’s Hospital after noticing the child was experiencing pain in his left foot. The baby was diagnosed with a fracture to his tibia and fibula.

On September 23, 2021, the child was examined by medical staff at the University of South Florida’s Child Protection Team. The team found the injuries to the child’s leg to be signs of physical abuse. A report was then filed with police.

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Detectives worked with the Time of Wonder Daycare, reviewed the video recordings from the room, and Yamirka was arrested on September 28, 2021.

Milagros Rodriguez, 52, was the other daycare employee in the room at the time of the incident and is facing a charge of failure to report child abuse.