Daycare workers cited for ‘smack for a snack’ game

LEXINGTON, KY (WDTN) — One day care worker is facing second-degree assault charges after allegations of an abusive “game” the adult employees made children under their care.

The Office of Inspector General tells WDKY-TV two male staff members made children play “smack for a snack.” The report says the only way children at the day care could get a yogurt was to allow the male staff members to hit them with a stick on either their leg or their hand.

Kentucky state officials say at least two students had visible bruising as a result of playing the “game.”

One of the staff members now faces second-degree assault charges.

During the investigation, state officials found other violations at the day care facility. In one report, officials found the front window of a building shattered. A female staff member claimed that was the result of one child knocking another one into the window.

Investigators also found there were 27 children to every one staff member, and there was no “sign-in” or “sign out” sheet to keep track of students.

The daycare is still open, WDKT-TV reports, but it is being closely monitored by state officials. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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