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Surveillance video shows daycare workers hitting children

J'Moni Bonner (Provided by the Hamilton County jail) J'Moni Bonner (Provided by the Hamilton County jail)
Stachya Powell (Provided by  Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Stachya Powell (Provided by Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Surveillance cameras captured two employees hitting children at a Silverton daycare. (Provided) Surveillance cameras captured two employees hitting children at a Silverton daycare. (Provided)
SILVERTON, OH (FOX19) - Two teenage daycare workers face criminal charges after authorities say they were caught on surveillance cameras hitting small children.

The incident was reported to authorities Monday after daycare operators said they saw the women hitting three children in the same family on a video surveillance camera at ACCS Early Learning Center on Montgomery Road near Plainfield Road. 

J'Moni Bonner, 19, of Roselawn, admitted to hitting a 1-year-old boy in the head four times about 10 p.m. on March 27, court records show. She was "angry" when she struck the boy, who fell to the ground and laid there for several minutes.

Bonner was arrested Tuesday and held overnight at the Hamilton County jail. She was charged with child endangering. Her bond is set at $7,500. She was ordered to electronic home detention. 

The second worker, Stachya Powell, also 19, was booked into the jail about 9 p.m. Wednesday. A judge on Thursday set her bond at $7,500.

The daycare owner tells FOX19 NOW she fired the two women as soon as she watched the attacks on camera. Thomas insisted the workers never hit other children at the facility and hit the three siblings because they had an issue with the children's mother.

"My second shift supervisor notified me over the weekend that on Monday we needed to check our security cameras because he thinks he  saw something in appropriate happen but he couldn't be for sure and wanted to review the cameras," said Jamica Thomas in an interview early Wednesday. "We witnessed the two individuals striking the kids very inappropriately and in a very forceful manner."

"We were looking at the cameras for one individual and we just happened to come across what J'Moni was doing," Thomas said. "She struck the 1-year-old first and then Stachya enters the room and struck two of the children and forcefully grabbed a third child. All of the children were in the same family. Both of these girls have a personal issue with the mom. It it isn't like they were both abusing the children in the center. They have a personal issue with the mom. They are young girls. So, once reviewed the cameras, it was very clear to everyone that we needed to make the report. We immediately terminated the two girls. We contacted the mom, we showed the mom the video and then we contacted the police."

The children who were attacked did not come to the daycare on Tuesday, but Thomas doesn't think the mother will pull them out.

"The mom said she wasn't upset with us and appreciated we did the right thing," Thomas said. 

She said she knows other parents whose children attend the daycare facility will have concerns. She said she wants to assure them that a supervisor immediately went into the room as soon as he suspected a problem and removed all of the children from at least one of the worker's care.

"He sent (Powell) home," she said. "That's the reason we have those security cameras in the daycare in the first place."

More than 80 children attend ACCS's Silverton location, which opened in March 2013. At the time of the alleged abuse, five children were in the women's care.

The business has a second location in Roselawn and operates late into the night, unlike most daycare facilities,which close by 6:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. ACCS operates 6 a.m. to midnight Monday-Friday.

"We provide care for the parents who need those non-traditional hours," she said. "Their children safety is our number one priority and their children are safe and that's what we have those cameras for, to insure their safety. Their children are still safe at the daycare. We eliminated the problem."

FOX19 NOW obtained state inspection reports for ACCS Early Learning Center in Silverton. The unaccounted January inspection showed ACCS out of compliance in 22 of 57 areas.  The center received two complains in 2014 and six complaints in 2013.

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