Former daycare worker caught on video hitting a child sentenced

TOLEDO (WTVG) - UPDATE: Heather Reese, the former daycare worker found guilty of assault after being seen on video hitting a child inside the facility, was sentenced to active probation for one year.

Reese must also undergo a mental health assessment and treatment, and anger management classes. She will be placed on the abuse registry and is not allowed to be in a child care facility or in a home where children are being cared for.
_______________________________________________________

A former daycare worker who was accused of hitting a child in an incident caught on the facility's surveillance video has been found guilty of assault in court on Friday.

The alleged assault happened in October at Bright Beginning 24Hr Childcare on West Alexis.

Reese withdrew her previous not guilty plea and pleaded no contest on Friday. She will be sentenced in January and could spend up to six months in jail.

The video of the alleged assault shows a group of children eating lunch in a room, with one child standing near an adult employee. The video shows the adult taking the child's arm and feeding him. The 3-year-old spits out the food, and that's when the employee hits the child across the face.

Reese was fired from the daycare, and Kristeen Hill, the owner of Bright Beginning said at the time, "My apologies go out to the family and the boy for the situation that did happen."