Two New Jersey day care workers are facing child abuse, and other criminal charges, for allegedly running a fight club full of tiny toddlers. One of the employees recorded the fights and posted them Snapchat, prosecutors says.
Both women have been fired.
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As CBS2’s Christine Sloan reported, investigators said the former day care workers – Erica Kenny, 22, of Cranford, and Chanese White, 28, of Roselle – referenced the movie “Fight Club” as they encouraged preschoolers and kindergartners to fight each other on the playground at Lightbridge Academy in Cranford last month.
“About a dozen children — boys and girls between the ages 4 and 6 — just fighting; throwing each other to the ground; hitting each other,” said Union County Prosecutor Grace Park.
Kenny allegedly shot video of the fights and sent them to a group of people on the app Snapchat, prosecutors said.
“Most parents would be astonished by the behavior,” Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith.
The videos show about a dozen boys and girls shoving each other to the ground and trying to hit each other, according to prosecutors. The charges stem from Aug. 13, but investigators are looking into whether the fights were ongoing.
The Snapchat videos only last 10 seconds and then disappear, but investigators were able to find the video after someone recorded it.
The children didn’t sustain any “serious injuries,” said Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park. “We are still investigating the case,” Park said.
White faces fourth-degree child abuse, while Kenny has been charged with the same, in addition to third-degree endangering the welfare of a child. If convicted, White is looking at 18 months behind bars, compared to five years for Kenny.
The women are expected to appear in court Friday (Sept. 4).