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Ex-day care teacher charged with assaulting 3-year-old

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KNIGHTDALE — Police have arrested former two day care workers, including a teacher, accused of assaulting a 3-year-old.

Police said the teacher pushed down the child and threatened to hit them Aug. 21 at Knightdale Station Preschool. The child reported the incident to their mother, a press release said.

The Knightdale Police Department began an investigation and brought charges against two employees.

A teacher, Alexis Mahan, and another employee, Kara Deserio, were both charged with misdemeanor assault on a child under 12. Both women are 30. It’s unclear what role Deserio held at the school.

Mahan, of Herbet Drive in Zebulon, was served an arrest warrant Tuesday evening. Deserio, of Silent Retreat Lane in Knightdale, was served her warrant Wednesday morning, Police Chief Lawrence Capps said both suspects have posted bonds.

The day care fired both suspects, the release said. Police said school officials were cooperating with investigators.

A woman who identified herself as Courtney answered the school phone Wednesday and said “We can’t comment at this time. I’m sorry.” The woman then hung up without taking questions.

Day care officials have not responded to an email.

“Those responsible for the care of our children hold a position of enormous trust,” Chief Capps said in a statement. “We expect them to render services compassionately and in accordance with the highest standards. I am confident that the administration and the employees of the daycare center will now work diligently to rebuild that trust.”

Capps issued a similar statement last month after the arrest of a day care worker in a separate incident. That suspect, Kimberly Sugg Boykin, worked at Widewaters Learning Center and was accused of fracturing a child’s femur.