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Sierra McCandless and four daycare workers are charged with child abuse after a shocking video emerged of one terrifying ‘bad’ toddler screaming at them in Halloween masks
Sierra McCandless is 21 years old.
DETAIL OF INCIDENCE:
A Mississippi daycare is under investigation after disturbing videos of childcare workers allegedly scaring toddlers with a mask from the movie Scream have gone viral.
Sierra McCandless, 21; Oci-Anna Kilburn, 28; Jennifer Newman, 25; and Shyenne Mills, 28; have each been charged with three counts of felony child abuse, while Traci Hutson, 44; has been accused of failing to report abuse by a mandatory reporter and simple assault, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department announced.
The five suspects were arrested Thursday in connection to three viral videos of the workers allegedly using the mask to frighten a group of young children left in their care at the Lil’ Blessings Child Care & Learning Center in Hamilton, Miss., according to multiple reports.
“Are you being bad? Do I need to take you outside?” one daycare worker is allegedly heard screaming in a toddler’s face while wearing the mask. “You better be good,” she says before making her way into another room of toddlers.
An additional video shows what appears to be another worker donning the mask and scaring kids while they attempt to eat lunch.
Cries and screams of multiple children can be heard in the videos, which were allegedly filmed in September and October of this year, per the Associated Press.
According to the Monroe Journal, daycare owner Sheila Sanders was unaware of the unsettling videos until Wednesday afternoon.
“The people that did those acts are no longer with us. They were fired. I wasn’t here at the time and wasn’t aware they were doing that. I don’t condone that and never have. I just want to say it’s been taken care of,” Sanders told the outlet.
According to the sheriff’s office, bond amounts for McCandless and Kilburn were set at $20,000, while the bonds of Newman and Mills are $15,000. Hutson’s bond amount was not released.
Lawyer information for the suspects was unavailable Thursday, and it was unclear if any women had entered a plea to the charges.
If you suspect child abuse, call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential, and the hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.