The women wanted for taunting and abusing a child with autism on video turned themselves in this morning, police said.
Kaderrica Smith, 26, of Haines City, and Alexus Henderson, 19, of Dundee, were identified as two former employees at Our Children's Academy in Winter Haven. They who were seen yelling and taunting an 8-year-old in a Snapchat video, Winter Haven police said.
The boy, who was diagnosed with autism, ADHD, ODD, and severe outbursts, was seen and heard in the video crying and hiding underneath a table while he was being taunted by Henderson and Smith.
Police said at one point, the child gets out from under the table and runs around the room when one of the workers grabs his arms and does a "leg sweep," causing him to fall flat on his back.
Police said the video shows one of the workers throwing shoes and a backpack at the child while he's under the table
Just last month, Smith and Henderson were certified to work with children with autism, according to police.
No one from the school could be reached for comment, but according to police both Smith and Henderson were fired immediately after the video surfaced.
Meanwhile, Rae Ryan said she pulled her 8-year-old son from the same academy back in 2014.
"In January, I went into the school and witnessed them dragging a child by their arms and feet down the hallway, and that was the last day my son went there," Ryan recalled.
Smith was charged with child abuse and battery. Friday afternoon, a judge set her bond at $5,000 and ordered the mother of three to have no contact with children.
Henderson was charged with child neglect and has bonded out of jail.