Police: Former employee of Rainbow Child Care Center in Fort Wright hit child

FORT WRIGHT, Ky. — A former daycare employee is facing an assault charge after she hit a child’s hands with the child’s shoes, according to court documents.

A witness saw Kaitlyn Cross, a former Rainbow Child Care Center employee, smack a child’s hands with the child’s shoes, court documents say.

Moments after the incident occurred, Cross said she “hit the child too hard,” documents say.

The documents also say Cross smacked the same child’s hands on a separate incident after Cross told the child to “sit down” and stop taking off their shoes. After this, the witness said they saw red marks on the child’s hands.

Colleen Moran, spokeswoman for KinderCare, said Cross’ employment was terminated on Sept. 20.

Moran released the following statement:

“In late September, a concern was raised about Kaitlyn Cross’ interactions with a child. We take all concerns about our employees seriously and follow a protocol whenever a concern is raised. Part of that protocol includes working with our partners at Child Protective Services and licensing to investigate the issue.

“It’s our understanding that Child Protective Services and licensing continue to investigate the concerns against Ms. Cross, however, we decided the best decision for our center would be to end her employment. Ms. Cross’ employment with KinderCare ended on September 20.

“In the meantime, all of our Fort Wright teachers were retrained on a variety of topics, including child guidance.”

KinderCare is the parent company of Rainbow Child Care.

Cross is scheduled to appear in court at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 23.