Herndon, VA – A daycare provider has been arrested for assault on a child after another employee allegedly saw her taping an 18-month-old child to a chair.
The alleged incident occurred at the Little Oaks Montessori Academy on Dec. 8, 2022, WJLA reported.
An employee at the daycare claimed to have seen 42-year-old Wesal Houd Abu Issa restrain the toddler in a chair using tape, according to investigators.
The employee notified daycare staff and Child Protective Services (CPS) about the incident, and police were contacted the following day, WJLA reported.
Investigators obtained a warrant for Abu Issa’s arrest on Dec. 21, 2022.
She was arrested on the assault charge on Jan. 4, but was quickly released on an unsecured bond, WJLA reported.
The Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) urged anyone with information about the incident to contact their office immediately.
“Victim specialists from our Victim Services Division have been assigned to ensure that the victim receives appropriate resources and assistance,” the FCPD said in a press release.
Many of the parents WJLA spoke with outside Little Oaks Montessori Academy after Abu Issa’s arrest seemed to have no prior knowledge of the incident, according to the news outlet.
Most were shocked, while others didn’t want to speak about the alleged assault at all, WJLA reported.
“I can’t think of someone doing that to my son,” parent Terrell Summers said. “I don’t really know what I can say. It’s really unfortunate… I’m shocked. Most of the people that I’ve encountered here seem to be patient and seem to be very empathetic.”
Summers said he is thankful for the worker who stepped up to report what occurred.
“Some people don’t say anything, and it continues,” Summers told WJLA. “So, kudos to the person that stepped up and was brave enough to say something about it, and hopefully we don’t see this happen again.”
Little Oaks Montessori Academy does not appear to have a history of major violations or problems with regards to the safety and wellbeing of the children in their care, according to WJLA.
The daycare did have minor violations in August of 2022 for not not keeping cleaning materials or other hazardous substances in a locked area.
Another violation involved a new employee not having all of the required background checks completed, WJLA reported.
That incident occurred in April of 2018.