Former Lexington Child Care Worker Faces 49 Child Abuse Charges, Says LPD | Lexington

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The Lexington Police Department announced Friday that the investigation at a Lexington city day care center, where children were assaulted by a caregiver, continued and additional charges have been laid.

According to LPD, an investigation began on July 12, when the administrator of Harvest Daycare, located on Whiteford Way, reported to LPD and the South Carolina Department of Human Services (SCDSS) that an employee of the daycare was reportedly assaulted children in her care.

After reviewing security footage recorded at the daycare, detectives discovered that Breanna Marie Audette, 23, of Irmo, had assaulted several children by aggressively grabbing them by the arm, neck and face and, when an incident, had pushed a child to the ground.

Audette was arrested on July 15 and has been charged with fourteen counts of unlawful conduct towards a child, according to LPD. She was taken to the Lexington County Detention Center and during her bail hearing, and received a $ 14,000 bond.

Investigators received additional security footage from Harvest Daycare which was recorded from June 1 to July 12. Investigators observed other incidents in which Audette assaulted children by aggressively grabbing them by the neck, throat or face. She was also reportedly seen violently lifting children by the arms and legs and there have been several incidents where she threw a child into a corner of the room.

Audette was arrested Friday and charged with 35 additional counts of unlawful conduct towards a child. She was taken to the Lexington County Detention Center and during her bail hearing she was given $ 70,000 bail for the charges as well as restrictions on having no contact with the victims or their families, no unsupervised contact with children, follow the South Carolina Department of Human Services plans for own children and should not be within 100 yards of any place where children congregate.

Audette’s second arrest concluded the investigation as all available security footage was viewed by detectives from the LPD’s Criminal Investigation Division. In total, Audette was charged with 49 counts of unlawful conduct against a child involving 30 victims, the youngest being 10 months old and the oldest being five years old. These cases will be prosecuted by the 11th Circuit prosecutor’s office.

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