Aides receive jail time in autism abuse case

ADRIAN, Mich. (WTVG) - Former aides at the ProMedica Bixby Autism Center have been sentenced to time behind bars in an ongoing case of child abuse.

Both Erinn Tiede and Sarah Phillips were sentenced to nine months in jail in Lenawee County Court following charges that they -- along with one other -- struck and threatened children at the center.

Phillips and Tiede were charged with felony child abuse back in November after parents say they were shown video tape of their children being slapped and threatened. They had their charges upgraded to second degree child abuse back in January.

ProMedica fired the aides immediately after the allegations surfaced and closed down the program until a complete investigation was concluded.

A third aide, Ashleigh Sancrant Neil, was sentenced to 15 days behind bars, and 24 months of probation and an $875 fine.

Phillips and Tiede will be allowed work release. They will be on probation for three years, and are also prohibited from working with children for three years.