Parent arrested, accused of assaulting KinderCare teachers in Kettering – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio
KETTERING – A woman is in Kettering town jail after police say a parent assaulted several teachers at Kettering KinderCare before leaving on Tuesday morning.
Officers responded to the daycare center at 1875 Ebert Avenue around 11:30 a.m. after receiving at least one 911 call reporting an argument at the scene.
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A delivery driver was one of many 911 callers to call Kettering police for help.
“The parent is carrying the child, she is about to attack the lady again,” the delivery driver told 911 dispatchers. “Oh, she just threw the baby in the car. Baby is not even attached. She gets in the car and leaves. The baby is definitely not safe.
After attacking the teachers, the delivery driver said the woman threw a child into the SUV and drove off. The driver gives the police the details of her vehicle.
Kettering Police eventually arrested the suspect on nearby Alex-Bell Road.
“Initially, what we think was the parent came in, a verbal altercation started, and then it kind of escalated into physical assaults,” Kettering’s agent Tyler Johnson said. “It’s quite unusual to have this type of altercation with parents and teachers in any setting.”
KinderCare said the daycare will be closed for the remainder of Tuesday and Wednesday.
“The leadership team at our Ebert Center is focused on making teachers and children feel safe and supported after this morning’s incident,” a KinderCare spokesperson said. “We will be closing our center for the rest of the day so that our teachers have time to seek additional support.”
The parent could face assault charges and other charges also related to property damage at the daycare, Johnson said.
Tozene Jackson, 30, was arrested by Kettering police and jailed on suspicion of assault. His place of arrest is listed as KinderCare, according to online records. Official charges against Jackson have not been approved, according to court records.
None of the injured teachers suffered serious injuries and they did not have to go to the hospital, Johnson said. The children at the daycare center were not injured.
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