HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – Time for Wonder Daycare employee faces charges after hitting and losing a one-year-old who caused serious injuries.
September 8, 2021, at approximately At 8 a.m., Yamirka Menendez, 51, is seen on surveillance cameras in Time of Wonder Daycare, removing a one-year-old child from a mechanical swing at his wrists and swinging the child about three feet in the air over a retaining wall and then dropping the child on the floor. Due to the fall, the boy could not stand upright or put weight on his left foot and legs.
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Just after noon on the same day, the same victim was again in the mechanical swing when Menendez is seen on video hitting the child in the head.
About an hour later, at 1:08 p.m., Menendez is seen on video feeding another victim, a four-month-old, who has been laid on her lap. Menendez grabbed violently and jerked the victim’s right leg, hitting the child several times.
On September 9, 2021, the mother of the one-year-old victim transported the child to St. Joseph’s Hospital after noticing that the child was experiencing pain in his left foot. He was diagnosed with a fracture of his shin and fibula.
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On September 23, 2021, the child was examined by medical staff at the University of South Florida’s Child Protection Team. The team found that injuries to the child’s legs were signs of physical abuse. A report was then submitted to HCSO.
Detectives worked on Time of Wonder Daycare, reviewed the video footage from the room, and Menendez was arrested on September 28, 2021.
Milagros Rodriguez, 52, was the second daycare worker in the room at the time of the incident and is charged with failure to report child abuse.
Menendez and Rodriguez has no criminal history.
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The incidents have also been reported to Hillsborough County Child’s Licensing.
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