Day Care Worker Arrested After Video Shows Her Slapping, Throwing Toddlers: Cops

Day care worker says she lost her temper and slapped, threw toddlers, police said.
Katherine Weitz was charged with felony child abuse, police said. Ormond Beach Police Department

The Florida woman has been charged with felony child abuse, police said.

A 65-year-old day care worker faces felony child abuse charges after surveillance video captured her slapping, throwing and shaking toddlers during nap time, police said.

Katherine Weitz had been on the job for three days when an office manager at Florida's Dream City Academy heard a child crying, Ormond Police Department spokesman Keith Walker told Thursday. The manager turned to observe the live feed from security cameras and reportedly saw Weitz allegedly manhandling 1- and 2-year-olds, authorities said. 

One toddler "she picks up and slaps in the face," Walker said. The manager summoned the owner, who fired Weitz on the spot, Walker said. 

The children were slapped, shaken, grabbed by their arms and legs, and flipped over, and had their heads shoved into their cots, according to a police report. 

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None of the children were physically injured, police said. 

Weitz told investigators she went "a little overboard" and "never should have gone into work" because she was extremely frustrated and had woken that morning with a bad headache, according to the report.

The children's parents were "outraged" that small children were treated so roughly, the document stated.

Weitz told authorities, "I was extremely frustrated and I overdid everything," according to the police report.

She was arrested Monday on four counts of child abuse. She is currently out on bail and has not entered a plea. Additional charges are expected to be filed, Walker said. 

She has not commented publicly on her arrest.