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In Texas, Investigation into child-injury charge at Texas A&M childcare center wrapping up | Daycare Injury


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6/21/2012
Christopher Keane
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A teacher at a day-care facility at Texas A&M who reportedly faces an injury-to-a-child charge is under scrutiny to determine whether she was involved in other possible instances of abuse.

The investigation of June Jones, who has reportedly been suspended from her job as a teacher at the Becky Gates Texas A&M Children’s Center, may be finished in a few days, said Tom Reber, A&M’s associate vice president for student affairs.

Reber, whose office oversees the center, said Jones will remain on suspension until the investigation by the University Police Department is complete.

The Gates center is located on Hensel Drive and serves the children of A&M students and employees.

Jones had reportedly worked at the center for 10 of its 13 years when a teacher assistant witnessed her grab the back of a 4-year-old boy’s neck and pull his hair on May 1. After the assistant filed a complaint with her supervisor and the director viewed a video of the incident, Jones was written up.

The director then viewed videos dated back to April 13 and found Jones grabbing the neck and hair of the child. She was suspended from the center May 3.

A University Police detective reportedly met with representatives from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services at the center on May 26.

The boy told Child Protective Services, his father and the detective that after Jones grabbed him he said, “It’s hurting, hurting, hurting.”

One video reportedly shows the child holding his neck and head in pain after Jones walked away.

This is the first report of misconduct at the center.

Part of the investigation is to determine if Jones was involved in additional episodes with other children at the center, Lt. Allan Baron of the University Police Department said.

Jones was reportedly arrested June 13 and charged with injury to a child, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

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