A 23-year-old Maryland daycare employee is currently being held without bond and is facing charges of two felony counts of child abuse and two misdemeanors for second-degree assault, FOX 5 reports.
Kayla Greenwell was arrested after allegedly recording herself abusing children. Additionally, her mugshot has been released.
Maryland Daycare Worked Filmed Herself Abusing Children In Her Care, Police Say
Prince George’s County Judge Clayton Aarons ordered that Greenwell remains in jail. He called her actions “extremely serious” for not only assaulting children but also filming it while being aware of the wrongdoing.
Greenwell even sent the clips to others, according to the outlet.
@PGPDNews hello this is kayla greenwell she also works at Ross in oxon hill,md in River Towne her cell is 240-869-1025
She recorded this with her phone pic.twitter.com/eBU4pIYzQC
— Reparations Now (@reparationsfubu) April 7, 2023
“In this case, we have to look at protecting the public,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy told FOX 5. “We have someone who was alleged to have abused defenseless children. That really shows a callous disregard for humanity, and so we were very concerned about her engaging with the general public.”
Greenwell’s employer, Oxon Hill Center for Early Learning, has yet to respond to FOX 5’s repeated attempts to reach them for comment since the videos surfaced Friday night.
FOX 5 reportedly received footage of the abuse, then notified Prince George’s County Police of the crime.
Suspect’s Family Requests Anonymity After Receiving Threats & Harassment Since News Broke
Greenwell was arrested on Saturday, April 8. On Monday, she appeared in court via Zoom. Additionally, her family also was present and requested anonymity. Furthermore, they claimed they had been harassed and threatened since the videos of Greenwell abusing children went viral.
The victims’ families did not appear in court. However, the prosecutor reportedly stated that there are currently two child victims, ages three and four.
The head of the special victims unit, Jess Garth, also appeared in court and stated that the case is unusual because Greenwell filmed herself committing the crimes.
PGPD arrests employee for abusing children at a daycare center in Oxon Hill. The suspect is 23-year-old Kayla Greenwell of Oxon Hill.https://t.co/jptqKjBM1z pic.twitter.com/4bsgafcbRl
— PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) April 8, 2023
According to the outlet, an investigation remains ongoing. Authorities have yet also to confirm whether there are more victims.
Anyone with additional information is urged to contact Prince George’s County police at 301-352-1200.