One arrested following day care beating; Cleveland police searching for second employee

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CLEVELAND – Two-year-old Amari Lamb is a resilient little boy.

The beating he took with a back scratcher while in day care at the Cedar Early Learning Center in Cleveland hasn’t phased the toddler. Although he’s clingier than usual, according to his mother, Ryane Lamb, who spoke exclusively with Fox 8 News.

“He cries when I leave. He doesn’t want to be away from his mom, which I understand,” said Lamb.

Melissa Tate, 49, is facing a charge of child endangering for whipping Amari repeatedly. She was also seen on security video throwing him to the floor and hitting him.

A short time later, authorities said Tate dragged Amari to a changing table and forcefully threw him on top of it by one arm.

“I was just so happy, you know? I was exulted that she was off the streets and you know, she couldn’t be doing this to anyone else’s kids,” said Lamb.

Lamb said she was haunted by the scene of her little boy being abused by someone entrusted with his care.

“It’s unfair for us to feel that we can’t take our kids to day care because we don’t know that we can trust the people that we’re leaving them with,” Lamb said.

An arrest warrant has been issued for 34-year-old Tonya James of Cleveland. Police said she’s the woman who sat across from Tate and did nothing as the crying two-year-old was abused, the imprint of the back scratcher beaten into his small thigh.

“I could have never fathomed that this was even going on there, let alone to my child,” Lamb told Fox 8.

Lamb, who works two jobs to support her family, is determined to take on another role; she wants to raise awareness of child abuse at the hands of trusted professionals so that no parent or child has to endure what her family has been through.

“It’s something that you should worry about and it’s sad to say that we should be worrying about this issue,” Lamb said.

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