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WATCH: Video shows Venice daycare worker forcefully yanking small kids by arm

Posted at 5:00 PM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 18:04:52-05

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. — A daycare worker in Sarasota County was arrested for child abuse after surveillance video showed her forcefully yanking several children by the arm.

Deputies were first alerted to the incident Tuesday when a parent at a daycare facility in Venice witnessed a teacher through video surveillance aggressively handling three toddlers.

Daycare worker arrested for child abuse

Deputies are not releasing the name of the daycare facility at this time, citing Marsy's Law.

Throughout the course of the investigation, detectives determined Jamie Smithmyer of Punta Gorda, dragged and carried three toddlers by the arms and forcefully pushed them to the floor.

Fortunately, the victims suffered no major injuries.

Smithmyer was immediately fired and remains in custody at the Sarasota County jail.