Knightdale day care workers charged with assaulting children

Wake County News

KNIGHTDALE, N.C. (WNCN) – Two 30-year-old Knightdale day care employees have been fired after they were charged with assaulting children while at work, police said.

Alexis Rose Mahan, of Zebulon faces one count of assault on a child under the age of 12, court documents show.

Knightdale police said they received a complaint on Aug. 21 from a mother who said their 3-year-old told her a teacher had pushed them down and threatened to strike them.

With the assistance of the day care’s owner and administration, Knightdale police launched an investigation.

That investigation led to the charge against Mahan.

An arrest warrant says on Aug. 15, Mahan grabbed the 3-year-old’s arms and picked them up before “forcefully thrusting” them to the ground.

Knightdale police said the child was not injured during the incident and this was an isolated incident involving one child.

A second employee at the day care, Kara Deserio, of Knightdale also faces a charge of assault on a child under the age of 12.

She was arrested Wednesday morning. She is accused of pulling a 2-year-old child up by their arms while lying down and holding them up.

Both Mahan and Deserio have been fired from Knightdale Station Preschool.

Knightdale Station Preschool said they had no comment on the incident.

In a statement Knightdale’s police chief, Lawrence Capps, said the investigation is still active.

“Those responsible for the care of our children hold a position of enormous trust. We expect them to render services compassionately and in accordance with the highest standards. I am confident that the administration and the employees of the daycare center will now work diligently to rebuild that trust.”

Mahan was processed at the Wake County Detention Center where she posted a $3,500 bond.

Deserio posted a $2,000 bond and was released from Tuesday morning.

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Knightdale Station Preschool’s last inspection report by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services was in January where the facility received a superior score, 233 out of 235.

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