Nursery school teacher convicted of running ‘baby fight club’
A 31-year-old woman is facing prison for making toddlers fight each other for her own entertainment.
Sarah Jordan was convicted in Virginia, US, of charged including assault and child cruelty.
The court heard that Jordan had encouraged toddlers at Minnieland Academy in Woodbridge to fight each other, stepped on their toes, tripped them, and physically and emotionally abused them for her own entertainment.
One young girl was told by Jordan that she was 'ugly' and 'looked like a rat',
The series of abuses, which happened over an eight-month period in 2013, traumatized what were mostly one and two-year-old children.
Social Services reported Jordan, along with then-fellow employee Kierra Spriggs, tortured kids who were afraid of water by spraying a hose in their faces on full blast and also fed the children flaming hot Cheetos.
Jordan denied the charges, claiming she had used a hose to sprinkle children with water on occasion, but never tried to hurt them.
One father who’s son was under Jordan's care at Minnieland said the boy had been forced to fight other children.
Blake Buckner said his son was forced to fight in what prosecutors described as a "baby fight club."
"The teacher was making him the class bully made to fight. It was hard to hold back tears, emotional, it was very deep," Buckner said.
Three co-workers at the school testified against Jordan, saying they had witnessed her abusing the toddlers.
Prosecutor Ashleigh Landers told the court that Jordan had fostered an atmosphere "almost creating like a baby fight club," doing huge damage to the children's psyches.
Parents testified that their children had become scared of water, and some had started behaving in ways similar to the abuse described in the classroom, such as stepping on other people's feet.
James J. McCoart, a lawyer representing a number of the families, described Jordan's actions as "not only... cruel and traumatic, but outrageous criminal conduct on our community's most vulnerable."
Another former member of Minnieland Academy staff, 26-year Kierra Spriggs, is scheduled for trial under similar charges next month.