The incident, per a CNN report filed Thursday, occurred Aug. 13 at the Worthington Learning Center in Columbus and was captured on video. Footage shows the two employees—identified as 31-year-old Emma Dietrich and 27-year-old Joshua Tennant—looking on as other children began "grabbing, pulling, dragging, swinging, and just bullying" the 5-year-old girl.
Columbus Police added that the footage shows the two workers "do not attempt to stop" the bullying, which also saw the 5-year-old being held down by other children. Tennant is also seen holding the child up by her ankle, at which point he carries her upside down and places her on a rug.
Court documents cited by local outlet WCMH-TV claim both workers allowed the incident to transpire "as a form of discipline." Dietrich and Tennant have since been fired by day care owner Lisa Rowe, who made the decision after seeing the footage referred to in the police report.
The disturbing story arrives mere weeks after it was reported that a Los Angeles, California area school district had been hit with a lawsuit from a woman whose son sustained permanent brain damage in a bullying incident caught on camera.
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