Distraught mother says daycare workers' 'Scream' mask stunt traumatized her child, wants them BEHIND BARS
HAMILTON, MISSISSIPPI: The daycare workers who put on horror masks to scare children deserve to be put behind bars for the pranks, one of the children's mothers has declared.
Katelyn Johnson's two-year-old son was one of the kids in the viral video that showed daycare workers scaring toddlers. The embattled mother has now revealed that her boy and his classmates are all traumatized. She said her son is too young to communicate his feelings but is showing trauma through his actions. The toddler is apparently having difficulties sleeping at night and is regressing in potty training, which his mom chalks up to the horror mask incident.
Parents of the children affected have been pushing hard for the daycare workers at Lil' Blessings Childcare to be slapped with felony child abuse charges. Katelyn told TMZ that she agrees that the charges are appropriate. She said she wants the four women to be charged with felonies to serve between 6 and 12 months, adding that the video exposed just one of many such occurrences. The distraught mom said she's not considering a lawsuit because the women "won't ever be rehired and won't be able to pay a damage award." However, other parents are waiting to see the criminal case unfold before deciding on legal recourse.
What is WRONG with people? I will never understand sick adults who get off on terrorizing children. It’s not funny or cute. It’s hateful and perverse and they should never be allowed to work with kids again pic.twitter.com/krBXkIjUNd— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) October 6, 2022
Katelyn told the outlet that she's trying to help her son heal through positive reinforcement. She said she's using a sound machine and a night lamp in a bid to help him sleep, aside from reassuring him of his safety at home with family. As mentioned, the heartbroken parent said they had regressed with toilet training, telling TMZ her boy nearly 'had it down before the trauma set him back." She said her son is now being supervised at a family friend's home during the day, considering there's no other daycare in Hamilton and the nearest one has a long waitlist.
MEAWW previously reported how Lil' Blessings Childcare workers Sierra McCandless, Oci-Anna Kilburn, Shyenne Shelton, Jennifer Newman, and Traci Huston, were charged with child abuse after a video surfaced showing one of them wearing a 'scream' mask and scaring children. "The County Prosecuting Attorney and the District Attorney met with the parents of the children involved in the incident at Lil' Blessings Child Care and Learning Center and informed them of the possible criminal charges the law would allow them to pursue," Monroe County Sheriff Kevin Cook said in a statement. "Parents were also given an opportunity to share information they had gathered with MCSO Investigators."
The Mississippi daycare workers who scared kids using a “Scream” mask are facing charges. Four of the daycare workers were criminally charged with felony child abuse and a fifth worker was charged with assault. The daycare was shut down and all five workers were fired. pic.twitter.com/bsVkY1r5Lf— Inside Edition (@InsideEdition) October 21, 2022
Newman, Shelton, Kilburn, and McCandless are facing three counts of child abuse for participating in the mayhem. Hutson, on the other hand, is facing two charges for not reporting the abuse. At least one child abuse affidavit was signed but it was unclear how many parents came forward. Sierra McCandless, also known as CeeCee by the children, was the one wearing the mask.