Shocking video sends nursery teacher to jail
Fiona Govan · 30 Apr 2015, 11:23
Published: 30 Apr 2015 11:23 GMT+02:00
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A Spanish teacher at the Annunciata School in Gironella has been sentenced to four years in jail after hidden cameras installed by school management caught her mistreating children in her care.
In one episode in the video published by Catalan News Agency she is seen pinning a toddler to the floor and force feeding the child.
In another disturbing clip, the teacher is seen forcing a child head first into a sleeping bag and sitting on the opening while she nonchalantly chats to a fellow teacher.
The children were both around one year old.
The staff member, named as Esther S. B, had on November 14th 2011, "violently thrown down a child under one year old and pinned them face up by their arms and legs and forced him to swallow food," according to the court ruling.
Just a few days later on November 18th the video caught the second episode of abuse when a child was trapped in a sleeping bag.
The teaching assistant was sentenced on Wednesday to four years in prison by a judge at Criminal Court No. 1 of Manresa (Barcelona).
She was also ordered to pay €90,000 ($100,000) in compensation to be split between the two families of the children who were mistreated.
A fellow teacher, the one who sat watching and chatting with her colleague as she trapped the tot in the sleeping bag, was also sentenced after being found guilty of acting as an accomplice because she failed to stop the abuse or to report it.
She was given a suspended sentence of 11 months in prison.