ST. LOUIS – Missouri’s attorney general is launching its own investigation of St. Louis day care centre, where two employees were accused of facilitating a “fight club” among the small children, his office said Wednesday.
The announcement came two weeks after St. Louis prosecutors dropped the criminal charges against the former Adventure Learning Center employees.
Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office says it served the daycare with a “civil investigative demand” on Tuesday to the centre to convert documents.
“Children are the most vulnerable members of our society, and all attempts to harm in any way will not be tolerated,” Schmitt, a Republican, said in a statement.
He did not elaborate on what he had been asked to pursue the investigation and his office does not immediately respond to an e-mail for additional information. But Schmitt’s office told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it is a social research looking into possible violations of the state consumer protection law.
The day care’s attorney not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
Tena Dailey and Mickala Guliford were charged in November with endangering the welfare of a child after video surfaced of December 2016 with little boys punching each other while wearing large, green Incredible Hulk fists. The video shows the two workers watching, with a jump up and down in apparent excitement. The only person who is trying to break up a fight is still a toddler.
Video of the fight was captured by a security camera and the mobile phone of the 10-year-old brother of one of the combat from the participants. The 10-year-old, who in an adjoining room where the battle took place, sent the video to his mother, who was in contact with the center of the director.
Charges were not filed immediately. But after KTVI-TV aired the video footage in October, Democratic St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner reopening of the investigation and the report. The case was sent to a St. Louis city grand jury, but the charges were dropped this month because of “insufficient evidence” Gardner’s office said.
Among other things, the costs that claimed that a 4-year-old boy suffered a black eye and that the injury came on his birthday.
Both the teachers were dismissed, and the mother of two of the children have filed a lawsuit.