Police arrest Oxon Hill day care employee for recording child abuse

A day care employee in Oxon Hill, Maryland, was arrested Saturday after police said she recorded herself abusing kids.

Prince George’s County police said that they charged 23-year-old Kayla Greenwell with multiple counts of child abuse and assault.

A video recorded Wednesday appeared to show Greenwell picking up, slamming and tripping kids at the Oxon Hill Center For Early Learning. Police verified that she recorded some of the alleged abuse on her phone during their preliminary investigation.

The police department was sent videos of Greenwell by multiple people on Friday, including an unaired video from Fox5 News. With help from the community they were able to quickly identify her and obtain an arrest warrant.

Ledarra White’s 3-year-old son attends the day care and she says that she’s considering pulling her child out.

“They come to school, [it’s] supposed to be for a learning environment in somewhere safe while their parents are away at work,” White told WTOP.

The day care sent a letter to families that says they immediately took action and fired the employee. The letter also says the day care reported the incident to child protective services and police.

“Hopefully, she gets everything she deserves,” White said. “Those are innocent kids.”

The day care also said all background checks for the employee were conducted and came back clear.

This is still an ongoing investigation and police ask that anyone who has information relevant to the investigation immediately call detectives at (301) 772-4930.

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Cheyenne Corin

Cheyenne Corin is a part-time reporter for WTOP News. She has worked in the Washington, D.C. area since 2020. Before joining WTOP, she worked as a WDVM/DC News Now Montgomery County Bureau Reporter, TheJasmineBrand Entertainment Correspondent and PHL 17 Reporter.

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