Former Childcare Working Facing 35 Counts In Abuse Of Six Infants Police Say

The Delaware State Police have arrested 24-year-old Kayla Manuszak of Dover on Thursday for multiple child abuse charges following an ongoing investigation. Detectives are also seeking assistance in identifying potential victims associated with the investigation.

On December 6, 2023, Delaware State Police were notified by staff at Hartly Learning Academy, located at 21 North Street in Hartly, of possible physical abuse to a child by a former childcare employee, identified as Kayla Manuszak. Through the course of the months-long investigation, detectives learned that between November 30, 2023, and December 4, 2023, Manuszak had physically abused six infants under her care police said Friday. The infants’ ages ranged from five to fourteen months. All of the children have been medically evaluated and received the appropriate medical care.

After several months of investigating, a warrant was obtained and on February 8, 2024, Manuszak turned herself in at Troop 3, where she was charged with Child Abuse 3rd Degree (Felony) – 21 counts and Endangering the Welfare of a Child – 14 counts

Manuszak was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 7 and committed to Delores J. Baylor Correctional Institution on a $119,000 cash bond.

The Delaware State Police Troop 3 Criminal Investigations Unit continues to investigate this incident. If anyone has further information regarding this case or is aware of similar incidents regarding Kayla Manuszak, officials are asking that you contact Detective J. Sydnor by calling 302-698-8540.

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