A Florida woman working at a special needs daycare has been arrested for child abuse.
Amber Summers, 43, of Inverness, is facing child abuse charges after Citrus County deputies say she was captured on camera using extreme force on an autistic, non-verbal child while working at a daycare that provides services for children with special needs.
According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, surveillance video from the daycare shows Summers grabbing the victim by the arms, and at times using her leg to move the victim around the play area. She is also seen grabbing the victim by the back of the neck while forcing him to the floor. The video also shows her pushing the victim’s head into a wall as she attempts to restrain him behind a table. Anytime other facility staff are visible in the footage, Summers quickly deescalates her behavior towards the victim, according to CCSO.
A witness told detectives that she saw Summers grab the victim roughly by the arm several times and had to intervene because Summers was being overly aggressive. A second witness told detectives she saw Summers grab the victim by the neck and force him to the floor.
When detectives showed Summers the footage, they say she agreed that her actions were aggressive and said she was frustrated that day. She was arrested and has a $2,000 bond.