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Daycare worker is arrested after being caught on security video ‘hitting two children in her care’


Daycare worker, 51, is charged with child abuse after being caught on security video ‘hitting two children and dropping one-year-old on the floor leaving him with a fractured leg’

  • Yamirka Menendez, 51, was arrested for child abuse after surveillance footage allegedly showed her slapping two children in har care
  • The footage also appears to show Menendez dropping a child on the floor at Time of Wonder Daycare in Tampa, Florida, on September 8
  • A day later, the mother discovered her son had fractures in leg 
  • Child Protective Services examined the child on September 22 and filed a report with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Menendez was arrested on September 28 with child abuse charges  
  • Menendez’s coworker Milagros Rodriguez, 52, who was in the room at the time of the alleged abuse, was charged one count of failure to report 


A Florida daycare worker has been charged with child abuse after surveillance footage appeared to show her slapping two children in her care and dropping one from three feet in the air, allegedly fracturing his leg. 

Yamirka Menendez, 51, is accused of abusing two children at Time of Wonder Daycare in Tampa, Florida, on September 8.

Video footage – released by Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department – appears to show Menendez taking a one-year-old boy out of a mechanical chair by his wrists at around 8am, before lifting him three feet in the air and dropping him on the floor.

Police say the boy was left ‘unable to stand upright or place weight on his left foot and leg.’

He was later discovered to be suffering from fractures on his tibia and fibula, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department. 

Milagros Rodriguez, 52, is facing a failure to report child abuse charge after being seen on staff that day

Yamirka Menendez, 51, (left) and Milagros Rodriguez, 52, (right) are facing child abuse and failure to report child abuse charges, respectively, after Menendez was arrested on September 28 following the release of surveillance footage 

Menendez appears to be picking a one-year-old boy up by his wrists at Time of Wonder Daycare in Tampa, Florida

Menendez appears to be picking a one-year-old boy up by his wrists at Time of Wonder Daycare in Tampa, Florida

Menendez appears to swing the boy three feet in the air before dropping him on the floor. He was later found to have suffered a fractured leg

Menendez appears to swing the boy three feet in the air before dropping him on the floor. He was later found to have suffered a fractured leg

Later that day, around noon, Menendez appears to hit the same boy on the head while he sits in the mechanical chair. 

An hour later, Menendez was seen feeding another child – a four-month-old baby.

Police allege that Menendez ‘forcefully grabbed and yanked the victim’s right leg and slapped the child several times.’

The next day, the mother of the one-year-old boy took her son to the hospital after discovering he couldn’t put weight on his left foot. 

The doctor diagnosed the fractures and weeks later on September 22, Child Protective Services examined the child, according to the Sheriff’s Office. 

They determined the injury to be a result of child abuse and reported it to the Sherriff’s Office. 

On September 28, Menendez was arrested and faces child abuse charges.

An hour later, Menendez was seen feeding another child - a four-month-old baby. Police allege that Menendez 'forcefully grabbed and yanked the victim’s right leg and slapped the child several times'

An hour later, Menendez was seen feeding another child – a four-month-old baby. Police allege that Menendez ‘forcefully grabbed and yanked the victim’s right leg and slapped the child several times’

Menendez also appears to be seen slapping the boy repeatedly. She also appeared to have slapped and pulled on a four-month-old child

Menendez also appears to be seen slapping the boy repeatedly. She also appeared to have slapped and pulled on a four-month-old child 

Her coworker Milagros Rodriguez, who was in the room when the alleged abuse took place, is facing a charge of failure to report child abuse.

Rodriguez, 52, can be seen in the security footage taking a child away as they dangling out of Menendez’s arms. 

Neither woman have a criminal past. 

DailyMail.com have contacted Time of Wonder Daycare for comment. We have also contacted the Florida Department of Children and Families, which licenses daycare centers in the state.

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