Two former daycare workers are facing charges after a viral video allegedly showed one of the women throwing a 3-year-old girl into a cabinet and splitting her forehead open.
Wilma Brown, 27, was arrested Friday after officers with a special task force found her hiding in a basement closet at a friend’s house following an exhausting search. She was the woman allegedly seen in the video.
“Even if that child was having a temper tantrum, that’s no excuse for throwing it across a room like a bag of trash,” Maj. Ron Martin of the North St. Louis County Police Cooperative told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “My guys were bulldogs. They did a great job and they are very tired.”
The task force began checking homes for Brown around 7 p.m. Thursday night and reportedly only took three hours off to sleep before finding her hiding just before 2 p.m. on Friday.
Members of the task force were reportedly motivated by video of the incident, which took place at the Brighter Day Care And Preschool on Feb. 1. Brown later reported the girl, who required seven stitches to treat a large gash in her head, had gotten injured in a fall.
Martin called the video “absolutely disgusting.”
The girl’s parents discovered the alleged abuse after requesting to see surveillance footage from the daycare center five days after the girl was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
Brown has been charged with Class B felony child abuse, KTVI reports.
A second daycare worker, Ariana Silver, has been charged with Class D felony child abuse in a separate incident that occurred at the center on Feb. 4, according to a statement from the North St. Louis County Police Cooperative.
In that incident, Silver allegedly squeezed a 4-year-old child’s arm so hard she gave the child “puncture wounds.” She was also captured on video carrying the girl by her foot, court documents obtained by the local paper said.
Sgt. Kevin Smith of the North County Police Cooperative told ABC News that both women had been fired from the daycare center.
The family’s attorney, Jennifer Hansen, said the young girl had to spend three days in the hospital after the wound became infected.
Brown is being held without bail, while Silver’s bail has been set at $50,000.
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