Thursday, January 29, 2015
Lo. Southampton day care worker accused of assaulting toddler
Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 2015
A 38-year-old former day care teacher is accused of roughing up and possibly choking a toddler she was watching last week.
Nataliya Manzyk, who lives in Lower Southampton, is seen on surveillance video grabbing the child from behind and throwing him across the floor of the Sunshine Daycare in the 500 block of Harding Avenue on Jan. 7, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Seconds later, the boy is seen being dragged an “extensive” distance across the room by the hood of his sweatshirt and left in a corner, police said. Manzyk then is seen standing above the crying boy and appears to be yelling at him, the affidavit said.
The force of being dragged caused injury to the child’s neck and cheek and it appears Manzyk may have “briefly choked” the child, court documents show.
The boy’s parents, who contacted police, showed pictures of the injured child to police, who said the injuries appear consistent with being dragged and contact made to the throat.
Lower Southampton Lt. Ted Krimmel said Manzyk no longer works at the day care center, and the center is cooperating with police.
The newspaper was not successful in reaching the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare for comment or to find out if the incident was reported to the agency, which oversees licensed day care centers.
Manzyk was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Joanne Kline on misdemeanor charges of simple assault, endangering the welfare of children, reckless endangerment and summary harassment. She was released on $50,000 unsecured bail.