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AUGUST 2 - Mount Pleasant daycare worker charged with cruelty

MOUNT PLEASANT — A daycare worker has been fired from her job and charged with cruelty to children after she allegedly struck a 4-year-old girl in the mouth last month.

The worker, Kelli Walker, 36, was given a $2,130 bail and ordered not to have any contact with the alleged victim.

The incident happened July 25 at The Sunshine House on Long Point Road, and the girl’s mother informed police about it two days later, according to a police incident report.

The mother received a call from the Sunshine House’s director July 26 saying that her daughter was involved in an incident where Walker “plucked her daughter on her mouth four to five times causing her bottom lip to bleed,” the report said. Walker also “snatched her daughter by the arm and threw her up against the wall.”

Another teacher witnessed the assault, according to the report, which also said Walker was on probation for a previous incident.

Charleston lawyers Paul Thurmond and David Savage said Friday they are looking into the case, partly to determine if anyone else was hurt.

“If any other parents have had incidents like this, Paul and I would be interested in them contacting us so we can develop the facts behind those,” Savage said.

Walker declined comment Friday. The Sunshine House released a statement saying its top priority is the safety of children in its care.

The statement said when Sunshine House learned of the allegations, it began an internal investigation and, based on its findings, terminated an employee. The statement did not mention Walker by name.

“While this is both an ongoing police and internal company investigation, we cannot comment further at this time,” the statement said.

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