2 Indianapolis daycare workers charged after child beats up baby

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An east Indianapolis daycare director and employee have been charged for failing to properly supervise children after a baby was injured by another child.

Live, Laugh, Love and Learn daycare director Ashley James, 30, and employee Brandi Bonner, 23, were charged Wednesday with neglect resulting in bodily injury, a level 5 felony.

Prosecutors say a 1-year-old girl was seriously hurt on Oct. 1, 2016, due to a lack of caretakers at the facility in the 6700 block of 38th Street. James had knowingly left eight children in the care of Bonner, violating Indiana law on caregiver to child ratios, according to court documents.

Prosecutors say video shows an 11-year-old boy strangling and beating up the baby with a wooden paddle. She had a swollen lip, bruising to her cheeks and deep cuts to her back, court documents say. Bonner allegedly saw the girl get injured but continued to leave the two children together.

The facility was cited once in January and again in November of this year for improper child/staff ratios.

Bonner is scheduled to be in court Thursday morning. A hearing for James is set for 1 p.m. on the same day.

“I love the daycare, I love the staff, I love Ashley,” said Tosha Rush, who has two children who attend Live, Laugh, Love and Learn daycare. “Don’t listen to rumors, they are going to tell you what they are going to tell, it is a wonderful daycare just come and see.”

The Family and Social Services Administration has pulled state funded vouchers from the daycare. Parents will have to send their children to another daycare to qualify for the vouchers.