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Two Pine Lawn daycare workers charged with abuse after one seen on video throwing 3-year-old

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UPDATED with status of case: Ariana Silver pleaded guilty July 11, 2019, to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to a two-year term of probation.

PINE LAWN • Two day care workers, including one seen on video throwing a 3-year-old across a room, are facing abuse charges.

The charges against the two women who worked at Brighter Day Care and Preschool were filed Thursday by the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney’s office.

Wilma Brown, 27, is charged with abuse of a child. News outlets including the Post-Dispatch reported a Feb. 1 incident in which Brown is seen on surveillance video throwing a 3-year-old girl across a room into a piece of furniture. The girl sustained a head injury that required medical care.

Brown was fired days after the incident after the director of the day care watched the video, said attorney Jennifer Hansen, who is representing the child’s family. Brown had previously filled out an injury report claiming the girl sustained the gash on her head when she fell.

Brown was not in custody Thursday and police did not know her whereabouts. They asked the public to contact the North County Police Cooperative at 314-428-7374 if they know her whereabouts. A warrant for her arrest has been issued, and she will be held without bail.

Another worker, Ariana Silver, 22, has been charged with abuse of a child related to a Feb. 4 incident at the day care that left a 4-year-old injured. The incident was also captured on video, police said, and the child suffered “puncture wounds” to her arm. According to charging documents, Silver squeezed the girl’s arm and punctured her skin and carried the girl by her foot.

North County Police Cooperative Assistant Chief Maj. Ron Martin said Silver was trained by Brown at the day care.

Silver is in custody in lieu of $50,000 in bail.

“It’s heartbreaking to watch,” Martin said of the surveillance videos, noting Brighter Day Care has been investigated multiple times since 2013. “If any parent has had a child enrolled there and they’ve experienced something similar, where a child came home injured, we’d like to hear from them.”

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