SMYRNA, GA — A former worker at a Smyrna child care facility has been arrested after allegedly shoving a toddler’s head into a mat because the child failed to go to sleep. Jonee Hamilton, 20, is charged with aggravated assault and child cruelty stemming from the alleged incident on Nov. 28, 2018.
Hamilton had been employed at Oxford Babies on Church Street when she allegedly took a 16-month-old child and shoved the child’s head into a mat. Hamilton then allegedly picked up the toddler and slammed the child with so much force onto the mat that it cut the child’s inside lip. The injury bloodied the child’s shirt, police said.
The childcare business then fired Hamilton, police said, and after Smyrna police investigated and found a video of the incident, issued a warrant for her arrest.
Hamilton was arrested around 10 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Police said the investigation remains active, and is asking anyone with any information regarding the incident to call their non-emergency number at 770-434-6666.