It was only a couple of months ago that we heard about the mother who videotaped two toddlers as she apparently encouraged them to throw punches at each other like street fighters. You'd think we wouldn't hear about another toddler "boxing match" for, oh, ever. But we'd be wrong. This time, three women who worked in a daycare in Delaware have been arrested after they allegedly forced two 3-year-olds to "whale on" each other -- and, of course, filmed it.
According to reports, the three women, who range in age from 19 to 47, are accused of forcing two boy toddlers to hit each other in the face and head while they filmed it, laughed, and set down rules like, "No pinching, only punching."
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Police say that one of the babies is crying and doesn't want to fight, and that he is "pushed back into the fray by one of the adults." One child was reportedly "screaming and crying and holding his face while being punched."
The whole thing is filmed on a cell phone. The video has not been released. It was apparently discovered after a man showed police the video when they were investigating something else -- and please I hope that "something else" wasn't also at this daycare! The three employees have been charged with child endangerment among other things. The daycare has had its license suspended.
Two similar incidents in two months? I'm getting the dreaded feeling that this kind of thing isn't so rare. We all know organized dog fighting is common. And there are organized street fights between adults. So is "toddler ring fighting" something that happens more than we'd imagine? I am getting the sinking sensation stuff like this might be filmed and then make its way onto the Internet.
A story like this must give pause to parents everywhere who have their children in daycare. I'm certain the vast majority of daycares are loving, wonderful places. (I myself went to daycare and remember nothing untoward whatsoever!) I suppose it never hurts to make an unscheduled visit or two, however.
Does this story make you worried that "toddler boxing" might be more common than we thought?
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