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Thomasville Teacher Arrested for Child Cruelty

By: Ivette Marques
By: Ivette Marques

William Newsome said he was surprised to see his four-year-old daughter's hand black and blue, but what she said next was shocking.

William Randall Newsome said, "I asked her what happened, and she said the teacher did it."

Newsome immediately took his daughter to Archbold Hospital and said the news he received was alarming.

William said, "The ER doctor says she was beaten so severely that I would've broken her hand. It would've broken every bone in her hand if her bones would've been a little older."

Newsome took action reporting the incident and removed his daughter from Head Start School. Thomasville police began an investigation.

INV Wade Glover of the Thomasville Police Department said, "Our investigation revealed that the child did have some bruising on her right hand, and after interviewing the child, the child revealed that the teacher had struck her with a plastic object."

Police said Henrietta Robinson denied the allegations, but has been arrested and charged with cruelty to children, and police said this little girl isn't the only victim.

INV Wade Glover said, "Our investigation led to interviewing four other children who stated they had been spanked by the same teacher, not so much this particular day, but on past occasions."

In a phone conversation, Ramona Codling, director of Head Start, said the school is sorry this happened and although all staff receives training and education, the school is working on new ways to prepare and screen employees.

Codling said the teacher has since been fired.

Newsome added, "It's just a betrayal of trust on the part of the teacher, and she looks up to her teachers, you know, and she's a good kid."

Newsome said he's not sure how this will affect his daughter. He just hopes she'll continue being a happy kid as she goes into kindergarten next school year.

If convicted of child cruelty, Thomasville police said Robinson could face up to five years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Police said Henrietta Robinson is only charged with one count of cruelty to children because William Newsome's daughter was the only child with any visible marks or bruises. They said though the other four kids admitted to being spanked, there was no physical evidence to prove it.


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