2 day care workers fired for shoe throwing incident, one charged

Day care shoe throwing incident caught on video in Huber Heights. (WDTN Photo)
Day care shoe throwing incident caught on video in Huber Heights. (WDTN Photo)

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – 2 NEWS Investigates obtained video Thursday showing actions that a day care center itself found shocking.

Because of that video, a Huber Heights woman is now charged with child endangering.

The incident happened earlier this month at a day care center in Huber Heights.

2 NEWS Investigates checked with the state and the day care is in good standing and fully compliant. Those in charge are very surprised by what happened.

The video was captured on May 6. It prompted a foster parent to call Creative World of Learning.

The video was taken by the day care center itself.

You can see a child throw a shoe and within seconds, a staff member picks her up while another employee throws a shoe back at the child.

The two workers were immediately fired. One of them, Julia Kniess, 56, was charged with misdemeanor child endangering.

“It’s a 5-year-old child. Whether it’s an intentional act or not, we as adults can’t act out of anger when it comes to a child. There is discipline and then there are things that should be done and throwing a shoe at a child is something that shouldn’t be done,” said Lt. Matt Dulaney, Huber Heights Police Department.

The 5-year-old showed no visible signs of injury , but the day care vice president of operations said once the parent alerted the facility and the video was reviewed, the two employees were terminated.

“As we say when we answer the telephone, Creative World of Learning where safety and education come first, and the reason we put safety first is because we feel parents entrust us with their children we have obligation and duty to keep them safe at all times,” said Pat Mikos, Vice President of Operations.

Kniess is expected in court June 3. I spoke with the foster mother of the child hit and she told me she pulled her children out of Creative World of Learning despite the firing of the two employees.

We plan to bring you her story tonight at 11.

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