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Daycare Worker Gets 18 Months In Prison For Breaking Infant’s Leg

A 33-year-old former daycare provider was sentenced to 18 months in prison for breaking the leg of an infant last year.

In September 2017, while working at the Happy Kids Academy on Old Baltimore Pike in Newark, Amber R. Worthy, 31 of New Castle, aggressively moved an 11-month-old in her care and caused a spiral fracture to the child’s tibia, said prosecutors.

In July of this year Worthy pled guilty to Assault Second Degree. This week prosecutors announced that a Superior Court judge sentenced Worthy to 18 months in prison, followed by 6 months of either home confinement or work release, then 18 months of probation.

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Newark – The Delaware State Police have arrested a Newark area day care employee after an investigation revealed that she had assaulted an infant under her care, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said the incident began on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 at approximately 9:30 a.m. when Amber R. Worthy, 31 of New Castle was attending to an 11 month old female infant at the Happy Kids Academy located at 273 Old Baltimore Pike, Newark, DE.

Approximately forty minutes after attending to the 11 month old, Worthy submitted an incident report to the facility’s director advising her that while re-positioning the infant she heard a crack in her foot, said Austin. The director then immediately contacted the Delaware Division of Family Services and reported the incident. After an initial review by the Division of Family Services the case was turned over to the Delaware State Police Major Crimes Unit for further investigation, according Austin

Officials are alleging that their investigation has revealed that the child was abused. Austin said subsequent treatment at a Pennsylvania area hospital revealed that the victim had sustained a fractured right tibia.

On Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 Worthy turned herself in at Delaware State Police Troop 2 where she was subsequently arrested and charged with one count of Child Abuse 1st Degree. Worthy was then arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $20,000 unsecured bond.

If anyone has further information regarding this case or is aware of similar incidents regarding Amber Worthy, they are asked to contact Detective A. Lloyd at 302-365-8411. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

 

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