June 15, 2012
When a 6-year-old girl went to her daycare teacher with a hurt knee, the teacher pulled out a pocket knife, opened it and laid it against the child’s knee saying “Here, let me cut it off,” according to an arrest affidavit.
The child told investigators that what her teacher did made her feel sad, the affidavit said.
Suzanne Warmington, 34, was arrested Thursday in connection with the May 18 incident at Building Blocks Child Care, 3819 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs police said.
She is accused of menacing, child abuse and reckless endangerment.
According to the affidavit, another teacher and another child witnessed Warmington’s action. A 10-year-old child reported that “Ms. Suzanne was mean.”
After the incident, the daycare Director Lori McQueen told Warmington to take the pocket knife to her car.
When Warmington came back inside she “showed a sarcastic attitude by holding up her key chain and keys and saying 'see I only have keys!'” the affidavit said.
McQueen said Friday that Warmington was immediately let go and the Department of Human Service and police were called. She said she could not discuss other details of Warmington’s employment with the center, but did say that the center does a fingerprint and background check on all employees.
“I just want parents to know that our main responsibility here is the safety of the children,” McQueen said. “I feel the way we handled it and who we reported it to was the right thing to do.”
She said the parents of the children involved are working with authorities to ensure the children are provided the services they need because of the incident.
Police investigators said Warmington changed her story several times but finally admitted that she had placed the knife against the child’s knee and made a “snide” comment about cutting it off, the affidavit said.