Two Missouri day care center workers have been charged with child abuse after surveillance video showing a three-year-old girl being thrown against a cabinet and splitting her head open went viral.
The woman accused of throwing the girl, 27-year-old Wilma Brown, was charged with felony child abuse on Thursday in St. Louis County.
Relatives said the toddler sustained a head gash that required seven stitches during the incident on February 1 at Brighter Day Care and Preschool.
Wilma Brown, 27 (left), and Ariana Silver, 22 (right), have been charged with abuse of a child stemming from separate incidents at Brighter Daycare in Missouri in February 2019
A three-year-old's head was split open after her teacher, Wilma Brown, allegedly threw her into a cabinet seemingly without reason on February 1
The teacher sent her home with a note saying 'she fall' but surveillance video footage from her classroom shows the moment the teacher flung the little girl the ground and she hit a cabinet in the process
The girl's family said they were initially told the girl fell, but five days later watched surveillance video with the center's director that showed a worker throwing the child into a cabinet.
A warrant has been issued for Brown's arrest. She remained at large on Friday.
Prosecutors also charged Brown's co-worker Ariana Silver, 22, in connection to a separate incident on February 27 that was also allegedly captured by surveillance video.
Charging documents claim Silver squeezed a four-year-old girl's arm and punctured her skin with her nails, and then carried the girl by her foot and threw her on a cot.
Silver is being held in jail on $50,000 bond.
Both women have been fired, according to Timothy Smith, an attorney for the day care center, which has been investigated by state inspectors multiple times over the past five years, according to police.
The little girl pictured above before she was grabbed by her teacher at the school on Friday February 1
The teacher grabbed the child by the arm, dragged her across the room, and threw her down
This is the moment a teacher grabs the child and viciously throws her into a cabinet
Smith said the center is cooperating with investigators and 'has provided exemplary, high quality educational and child care services to