Former daycare worker convicted of assault and child abuse

A former day-care teacher was sent to the Forsyth County Jail for two months after getting convicted on charges that she struck a 5-year-old boy, taunted the child by calling him “baby,” and allowed another day-care student to kick the boy.

Jacinta Antoinetta Gladden, 34, of Old Vineyard Road pleaded guilty Wednesday in Forsyth Superior Court to two counts of misdemeanor child abuse and one count of assaulting a child under the age of 12. As part of a plea arrangement, Assistant District Attorney Pansy Glanton voluntarily dismissed all the felony charges against Gladden — negligent child abuse inflicting serious physical injury and intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury.

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