Englewood day care worker arrested for abusing 3 children

Sarasota County
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A 26-year-old woman from Englewood sits in jail Friday night, accused of child abuse.

Jamie Smithmyer is out of a job after her employer fired her for the alleged behavior.

It was all caught on video, an arrest report shows.

“There was a mother inside the day care facility picking up her own child when she noticed the defendant, in this case, was aggressively handling some children in a play area,” said Kaitlyn Perez, a spokeswoman for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

That parent told the director of the day care and also called the sheriff’s office.

Arrest papers show that Smithmyer dragged one boy by his arm. She’s accused of dragging a little girl, then tossing her to the floor.  A third toddler was shoved by Smithmyer.

The allegations rattled even investigators.

“Well, it’s tough because our detectives are mothers and fathers, too. We all are, so watching the video is particularly difficult for our detectives because a lot of us have young children,” Perez said.

Smithmyer remains in jail on no bond, according to Perez. 

Sheriff’s officials declined to name the day care, citing the new Marsy’s law, Perez said.

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