AVON LAKE, Ohio — A former employee at Sweet Kiddles in Avon Lake is facing charges after police say she caused an infant to suffer a broken leg while under her care.
According to a release by the Avon Lake Police Department, the mother of the infant told officers that her 14-month-old son sustained an injury while at the daycare center on Friday. The child was taken to a hospital and his fractured leg was placed in a cast.
Sweet Kiddles supplied police with video of the incident. Investigators determined that daycare worker Emily Coghlan picked the infant up by his arm, moved him to a side, then dropped him. The fall caused the child's leg to break.
On Thursday, Coghlan, a 21-year-old Grafton resident, was booked on a felony charge of endangering children and a misdemeanor charge of assault.
On Wednesday, Sweet Kiddles announced that an employee (Coghlan) had been fired following what the daycare center called an "unfortunate situation and isolated incident."
Robert Kimmel, owner of Sweet Kiddles, confirmed to 3News that a child was injured at their Avon Lake location on Friday, Sept. 9.
Sweet Kiddles is a flexible childcare center in Northeast Ohio with locations in Avon Lake, Hudson, Medina, Strongsville and University Circle.
"On Friday, September 9, a toddler suffered an injury while under the watch of one of our caregivers at our Avon Lake location. This was an extremely unfortunate situation and isolated incident, and we pride ourselves on providing a safe, loving and nurturing environment at all times," said Kimmel.
As soon as we were made aware of the incident, we immediately terminated the caregiver, reported it to Child Protective Services (in accordance with state law) and worked with the family to file a police report.
Sweet Kiddles is cooperating fully with the family and authorities while simultaneously conducting our own internal review of policies and trainings with our entire staff."