Four former employees of a Mississippi daycare are facing charges after they were seen on camera wearing masks, similar to those used in the “Scream” film series to scare children.
The incident occurred Oct. 4 at Lil’ Blessings Day Care Center in Hamilton, Mississippi, where daycare employees can be seen wearing “Scream”-like masks while several children were visibly frightened and crying, according to WLOV, an affiliate of Fox. .
At various points in the video, the former employees can be seen yelling at the children. A person can be seen chasing a small child while wearing the mask.
“Put the toys! Put them!” one person can be heard saying to the children.
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Sheila Sanders, owner of the daycare, will not face charges in connection with the incident. Sanders said at least four of the daycare’s employees were fired as a result of the incident.
Sierra McCandless, Oci-Anna Kilburn, Jennifer Newman and Shyenne Mills face felony child abuse charges as a result of the incident, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.
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Traci Hutson also faces charges of failing to report abuse by a mandated reporter and simple assault on a minor, both of which are misdemeanors.
Police said Hutson was not connected to the videos, but she knew about the incidents and did not report them.
The charges were filed after the sheriff’s office and the county attorney met with the parents of the children involved.
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McCandless and Kilburn are on $20,000 bond, while Newman and Mills are on $15,000 bond. According to the sheriff’s office, the felony charges will be brought before a grand jury, which will decide if there is enough evidence to indict the women. people involved.
According to the Daily Journal, the Mississippi State Department of Health is also investigating the incident.
Fox News Digital reached out to the nursery for comment.
Associated Press contributed to this report.