Daycare Worker Allegedly Assaulted in Schuylkill County

PINE GROVE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — An employee at a daycare in part of Schuylkill County was attacked in the parking lot Wednesday morning.

Investigators spent hours here at Lil Angels Daycare in Pine Grove Township after an elderly employee was attacked around 7 am.

“One of our kids came in and said, ‘call 9-1-1,’ that there was somebody on the ground outside, laying, so I ran out and she was laying on the ground and one of my employees said her daughter found her on the ground,” said owner Sharon Spittler.

According to state police, a 73-year-old employee of the daycare was allegedly robbed in the parking lot after getting out of her car to start her workday.

Investigators say a man wearing a mask and gloves, holding an edged weapon demanded money from the employee, then pushed her to the ground.

After she handed over her bag, the man described as thin and around 5’7″, emptied it, took nothing and ran away.

The 73-year-old woman was then flown to Hershey Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

“I did text all my parents to let them know their children are safe here and that we will have a lockdown for the rest of the day and hopefully everybody will be back tomorrow for Halloween,” said Spittler.

According to police, the suspect has not been caught but this is believed to be an isolated incident in Schuylkill County.