Five workers at a Mississippi daycare center in the United States have been charged with child abuse for scaring toddlers they were responsible for.
A video viral shows staff member wearing mask inspired by movie Screamscaring a group of children.
According to the person who reported them in a Facebook post, the workers at the 'Lil blessings' daycare center deliberately wanted to scare the toddlers in order to play.
The video, which troubled many parents, prompted the state Department of Health and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office to launch an investigation, which ended in the five people charged, the Daily Mail reported.
Former employees Sierra McCandless, Oci-Anna Kilburn, Jennifer Newman and Shyenne Shelton have each been charged with three counts of child abuse, local broadcaster WTVA reported.
Another person, Traci Hutson is facing misdemeanor charges of failing to report child abuse and common assault against a minor.
Employees were reportedly fired when the owner of the place became aware of the event.
She would also have learned that a similar incident had also been recorded in September.
According to an educator, the act did not was not malicious.
“It was not meant to hurt anyone and it was not malicious,” she said in a video shared on Facebook , reported the Daily Mail.
Educators wanted to wear the mask and scare children who refused to participate in tasks, such as cleaning and picking up toys.
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