CLEVELAND, Ohio -- After calling her a monster, Judge Kathleen Sutula sentenced a daycare worker who admitted to beating a 2-year-old boy she was watching to 36 months in prison.
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Melissa Tate hit the toddler up to 22 times with a plastic back scratcher, and the incident was all caught on tape at the Cedar Early Learning Center in Cleveland.
She pleaded guilty to a felony endangering children charge.
"Wow, this world is upside down, and this is part of the reason," Sutula said after watching video of the incident. "Even the screaming at these kids, where does that come from. You are a monster, too, Miss Tate."
Tate's attorney told the judge Wednesday morning her client is very remorseful. Tate apologized to the court.
"It was a mistake," Tate said.
The toddler’s mother, Ryane Lamb, says she wanted Tate to serve prison time.
"The events that took place completely changed my life, she robbed me of my peace of mind," Lamb said. "My son is not the same."
Tate was given the maximum sentence.
Another daycare employee was also arrested for witnessing the beating but doing nothing to stop it.
She has pleaded not guilty, and her case is still pending.