PLUM BOROUGH (KDKA) — Three people are facing charges after an investigation into a local daycare center.
After seeing what they thought was discipline that went too far, a number of employees at Genesis Child Care inside the Pittsburgh East Community Church went to their supervisor.
They said their complaints fell on deaf ears. Now, three employees are facing criminal charges.
“There’s one person accused of child abuse for disciplining children that were three years old at the time,” Plum Police Chief Frank Monaco said. “And then two other people that are supervisors there that are required by state law to report incidents of abuse and those reports were never made.”
Eileen Andrews is accused of two counts of endangering the welfare of children and two counts of assault.
Several employees told investigators they witnessed Andrews pick a 3-year-old boy up by his face. She squeezed it with both hands while screaming at him.
In another case, Andrews was reportedly seen grabbing a little girl by the arm and throwing her in the air. The girl’s parents said their daughter’s arm had been dislocated three times in six months.
Andrews’ supervisors were charged with failing to report the abuse allegations, despite being told about it by employees.
The senior pastor at Pittsburgh East Community Church said the church is cooperating with the police investigation and their hearts and prayers go out to everyone at Genesis who may have been affected by the alleged incidents.