Daycare Fight Club? Workers arrested for allegedly encouraging toddlers to fight

Three daycare workers in Dover have been arrested for allegedly watching and encouraging toddlers to fight. The employees were released after posting $10,000 secured bond.

From CBS Philly:

“On Monday, three employees from the Hands of Our Future Daycare in Delaware were arrested after a cell phone video showed employees watching and encouraging two 3-year-olds fight each other.”

“Tiana Harris, 19, Lisa Parker, 47, and Estefania Myers, 21, were charged with Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Reckless Endangering and Conspiracy for the incident, which occurred in March of 2012 and was captured on cell phone video.”

“In the video, police say one child can be heard crying and yelling, ‘He’s pinching me,’ while a daycare worker responds, ‘No pinching, only punching.’”

What do you think people? How you can know Daycare Fight Club isn’t happening in your facility? What can parents do to know their kids are safe? Have you ever heard or seen anything like this? Do you think more oversight from management is needed?

29 comments Add your comment


August 28th, 2012
12:35 am

Not to worry ….Those involved will have Theirs coming too! :)


August 28th, 2012
3:52 am



August 28th, 2012
6:34 am

This should surprise no one. These fine citizens are in Filthydelphia, that beacon of hope and perennial cesspool.
That city used to be great. Then, George and the boys moved the Capital to Washington. Filthy never recovered.


August 28th, 2012
6:47 am

This is disgusting. The Michael Vick of daycare workers. String ‘em up!

“Hands of our Future” indeed! Are they talking about training boxers?


August 28th, 2012
7:16 am

Walk around in the parking lot of said “daycare” center and you will see Obama bumper stickers everywhere.


August 28th, 2012
7:51 am

meh….kids are so coddled these days. Might be a good thing!! LOL

Voice of Reason

August 28th, 2012
7:54 am

My faith in humanity = -2


August 28th, 2012
8:04 am

Thank the gods we never needed daycare.


August 28th, 2012
8:23 am

We don’t have any there anymore, but my kids’ daycare was wired with cameras that could be accessed online at any time during the day.


August 28th, 2012
8:32 am

What happens in Daycare Fight Club, stays in Daycare Fight Club.

Sorry I couldn’t resist the reference to the movie.


August 28th, 2012
8:33 am

And this is why they continue to be second class citizens….


August 28th, 2012
8:40 am

This happened over a week ago, but there was no public outrage (that I heard), yet a guy holding a beer with his daughter in diapers (reference to earlier blog) blows up the internet and has bloggers everywhere commenting. What’s wrong with this picture?
As a parent of two in daycare, if this ever happened, I would have to be arrested for what I would do.


August 28th, 2012
8:59 am

Aw, shaggy, Philly’s not that bad. And this happened in Dover, Delaware. That’s like blaming Atlanta for what goes on in Macon.


August 28th, 2012
9:38 am

Re: NAGA’s statement. A man with a cold heart sees life through tunnel vision.


August 28th, 2012
9:38 am

All Daycares are not created equal.

I had lunch with Kathy ( I guess the same one above) last week,
We were talking about a Doctor’s office and I mentioned a daycare near it. I visited there about 8 years ago. The children were awful and no one seemed to care. I guess my expression was amazement. One teacher came to me and said, ” I retired as a parapro from public schools. I am working here part time. It is such a mess. What can be done? ” I told her that I would speak with the Director on the way out. I did.

“Thank you for inviting me. I am in lots of facilities all across the country. Your teachers need some direction on working with children as do not appear to be getting them ready for Kinder. I also share workshops, if you are interested. ”

They never called me…I am not surprised. I never went back for the children either.

Budgets are tight and many just muck along all week. I was in centers in PHX, MCO, MSP and JAX this summer. We had so much fun.

I have also been in some centers where I wanted to cry, when I left, for the poor children who are in there all day long and their parents have no idea what is going on.


August 28th, 2012
9:42 am

@Neatly…I wondered if NAGA has been to the parking lot of that school.

I also wonder about Obama and went to see the movie 2016 Obama…learned a lot.
“pulling in more than $9 million to become the top grossing non-nature documentary of the year.”
Apparently someone else went too.


August 28th, 2012
9:45 am

Mayhem, Who are “they”?
I thought we were “One Nation, Under God.” How did I get it sooo wrong!


August 28th, 2012
10:04 am

When you elected Obama. The Great Divider.


August 28th, 2012
10:23 am

“The first rule of daycare is, we don’t talk about daycare.”

Come on, you knew SOMEONE had to reference that line! But seriously, how awful … WHAT are these folks thinking?


August 28th, 2012
10:44 am

As MJG said Not all daycares are created equal. There is a big difference between “The Goddard School” and “Peachy Poo Poo’s”.

Tyler Durden

August 28th, 2012
10:52 am

The first rule of Daycare Fight Club is:



August 28th, 2012
11:30 am

@homeschooler, while there are many things I could say on this topic, I will limit it to the following advice:

Generally, good daycares or preschools possess the following:

Stability of teachers….if many have been there more than 10 years, you can assume things are better. So many teachers jump ship if the working conditions are not good or the boss does not know what he/she is doing.

Staff Development….ask the Director how often he/she sends her staff to workshops or conferences. This is where they learn things related to their jobs. It is best if they alternate bringing people in to speak to their staff and rotating staff out to attend state or national conferences. At the VERY LEAST, the Director needs to attend a state or national conference every few years. I meet Directors who have NEVER attended any conferences. There are so many choices here as some religious groups have their own conferences. regionally and locally. NAEYC is having their conference here in Atlanta, in November. I will be speaking at it again. It is a great place to meet people from all over the country.

SMELL…I have been in some centers that I had to step back when I walked in.

Demeanor…does the staff act warm and inviting. Is the tone even? Everyone has rough days but if you see or hear a lot of chaos….RED FLAG! If something seems odd, ask if you can come again.
There have been days, in my house, that I was not happy with environment and wanted to leave!
Look at the children, do they seem happy? I visited one center, where the children said,
“Will you please stay here with us?” The adults there were mean and grumpy IMHO.

Often, franchises do offer a baseline of expectations. I have also been invited to some AMAZING preschools and child development centers that are privately owned. It is kind of like the difference between Olive Garden and a Mom and Pop Italian restaurant with original family recipes. There is not a one size fits all!


August 28th, 2012
11:33 am

Thank goodness my two only went to day care for about 2 months when they were younger, but their day care was as mentioned by jarvis..I could check on them anytime..

@homeschooler..Thanks for the laugh..I pass a day care on my way home that is called Peachy Poo Poo’s..


August 28th, 2012
11:53 am

That is disturbing. Thankfully we never had to use daycare….My boys started to pick fights so my husband and I put a stop to it quick, they had to go on the front porch and Hug for 10 minutes. I don’t believe fights should be encouraged. Fighting is for self defense ONLY!

Geography helps

August 28th, 2012
11:59 am

Shaggy – I have to agree with HB on this one. Having lived about an hour from Philly in Newark, and with Dover an additional hour and a half south (as an 18 year old with a lead foot drives), Philly’s influence on Dover is virtually nil.

Judge Smails

August 28th, 2012
12:10 pm

“No Pinching…Only Punching”

Now those are words to live by!


August 28th, 2012
12:27 pm

Hmmm…guess I got put into the filter. Don’t know why.

Not all daycare facilities are created equal. This is a sad situation. People trust these facilities to treat their children with kindness. I worked part time in a daycare in college and nothing like this ever happened. I love my child’s daycare facility. They have cameras in every class so I can log on and see her. She’s always happy. They play with them, sing to them, read, and so on. They get to go outside, even in the baby’s room. Every day when I pick her up she comes crawling to me laughing. She loves her teachers and her little friends. For me, this has been a great experience.

Tiger Ochocinco Johnson Cougar Mellencamp

August 28th, 2012
1:51 pm

“Do you think more oversight from management is needed?”

Nope..not at all…seems like management is doing all they can.

Sorry, but ask a silly question…..


August 29th, 2012
3:58 am