Second person arrested in day care beating caught on tape

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CLEVELAND -  Months after an arrest warrant was issued for her, a second day-care worker has been arrested in connection with a beating that was caught on videotape.

Tonya James was arrested this past week. She is charged with watching fellow worker Melissa Tate beat a child at the Cedar Early Learning Center, but doing nothing to stop it. She pleaded not guilty this week at a hearing.

Surveillance video captured a day care worker hit the little boy last fall. After hitting the boy with the backscratcher, video shows the same worker push him to the ground and hit him again.

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About 10 minutes later, the video shows the same day care worker hitting the toddler, dragging him and then slamming him down on a changing table.

An arrest warrant for child endangering says that the worker, Melissa Tate, "did abuse a child...with a wooden back scratcher" then "swings the child by one arm and throws the child onto a changing table." The day care previously said she has been terminated.

Another arrest warrant for child endangering was filed against James, because police say she watched Tate and "did not stop or report the abuse."

The little boy suffered welts and bruises on his legs. His mother and grandmother took him to the hospital afterwards. They also called police and filed a report.

Court records show that plea talks are ongoing in Tate's case. Since James was just arrested this week, her county indictment charges are just beginning.

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