Dothan daycare worker charged with six counts of aggravated child abuse

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — A Dothan daycare worker faces six charges for aggravated child abuse, according to the Dothan Police Department.

Lt. Scott Owens said the department learned of the alleged crimes after a daycare worker reported Candelin Hyde, 36, for child abuse. After gathering enough evidence, the department arrested Hide Thursday afternoon.

Candelin Patrice Hyde

While the DPD did not name the daycare in question, they said Hyde taught a class of 10. Some of her students had special needs.

She worked at the facility from July to around a week ago. The daycare terminated her employment once the allegations were made.

The results of the investigation revealed the employee, Candeline Hyde, became frustrated with children in her class when they would not follow her instructions.  As a result of her frustration, Hyde caused injuries to at least six children, some of which were special needs children, using what is commonly referred to as “pressure points” on the neck and shoulder area.

The daycare facility began to look into the allegations when several parents noticed unexplained bruising and injuries to the children.  Once the daycare facility were made aware of the allegations, they terminated Hyde from her position and notified authorities.  The alleged abuse occurred between August 2020 and October 2020.  More charges are possible.

Dothan Police Department

Owens said Hyde had no relevant criminal background to these charges. As of this report, she is being booked into the Dothan City Jail and will be sent to the Houston County Jail on bonds totaling $360,000.

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