A daycare worker in Lindenwold has been arrested for assaulting a 1-year old and is accused of attempted murder.
Workers at the daycare, Forever Young Child Care Learning Center on Chews Landing Road, witnessed the incident and were able to remove the child from the accused worker, Maggie Fruit, 21, who had worked at the daycare for two months.
Video surveillance recorded the incident and officers from Lindenwold Police Department were shown the footage, and also interviewed witnesses. The 1-year old was transported to a local hospital for examination and was released.
Further review of video surveillance by police showed Fruit being physically abusive to another 1-year-old child assigned to the same classroom approximately 30 minutes before the incident that sparked the arrest. That child’s parents were told of the incident. The child did not require medical examination. Fruit was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child for that incident.
The 21-year old awaits her pre-trial and detention hearing in Camden County Jail.
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