Day care center worker accused of slamming child's face into cabinet

Jim Melwert
November 17, 2018 - 10:00 pm
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NORRISTOWN, PA. (KYW Newsradio) -- A former employee of a Norristown day care center is accused of slamming a child’s face into a filing cabinet. 

Thirty-year-old Joy Nelson of Conshohocken is charged with endangering the welfare of children, simple assault, and reckless endangerment.

Nelson was a teacher at St. Francis Early Learning Center on Hamilton Street in Norristown. 

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Back in April, a parent was told her 2-year-old son hurt his cheek in a fall. She demanded to see video from the in-house security cameras and, according to court documents, saw Nelson push her son’s head from behind.

Investigators say they watched videos from other days and, according to the affidavit, saw Nelson dragging students by their upper arms and shoving kids in the back of the head if they didn’t lay down for nap time.

Court documents say Nelson shoved the little boy so hard that the front of his face hit a filing cabinet hard enough to draw blood. She then made the boy hold a paper towel to his face as he lay crying. 

Nelson waived her formal arraignment and has a court appearance scheduled for December.