It’s a sickening scenario for any parent: to discover clear signs of abuse on your own child.
Appallingly, that is what Ohio mother Ryane Lamb found on her 2-year-old son Amari, Fox 8 learned, when she picked him up from his Cleveland daycare on Wednesday.
The welts and bruises covering Amari’s legs were so bad, Lamb took him directly to the hospital for treatment, and then notified the police.
In a surveillance video recorded around 5 p.m. that same day, a 49-year-old employee at Cedar Early Learning Center can be seen striking Amari up to 22 times with what’s reportedly a plastic backscratcher before shoving him to the ground.
Later in the video, the same woman drags and lifts the 2-year-old by one arm, dropping him onto a changing table. Another worker is seen clubbing an 18-month-old girl with a plastic bat the very same day.
For Amari’s mother, Ryane, it was almost too much too believe.
With tears in her eyes, Lamb said:
“I could not believe…Just looking at that, that this place even had the audacity to do that to my baby for no reason, he didn’t deserve it at all.”
Two employees were immediately terminated by the daycare. Warrants have also since been filed for child endangering against two women – Melissa Tate for the abuse of a child, and Tonya James, another worker who witnessed Tate’s actions but neither stopped nor reported the abuse.