Daycare Worker Accused Of Assaulting A 22-Month-Old Child Found Not Guilty

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Lori Turner, a former daycare worker accused in November of assaulting a child, has been found not guilty.

The verdict was announced on Tuesday after a trial in Iredell County District Court.

Turner’s attorney said in a release, “the presiding District Court Judge ruled that Lori Turner could not be held criminally responsible based on the evidence and case law presented during the trial.”

Original Story (Nov. 9, 2018):

STATESVILLE, NC. —  A Statesville daycare worker was arrested and charged with assaulting a 22-month-old child. Lori Turner is out of a job after working at Future Generation Child Development Center for eleven years. Turner is charged with assault of a child under 12.

The child’s mother says the toddler still has a hand mark from where he was smacked.

Jennifer Sanchez knew something wasn’t right when she picked her son up from daycare on Tuesday.  She says her 22-month-old son’s  eyes were swollen from crying.

“That’s when I seen the hand print on his right thigh. It was a full hand print that was welted,” says Sanchez.

Sanchez says it was his first day at Future Generations Child Developmental Center in Statesville. The angry mother immediately called 911. The center director says they took immediate action.

“We heard about it, we viewed the cameras, we welcomed the police officer into observe the video with us, and we had to report it,” says Future Generation Child Development Center director Latonya Graham.

Future Generations fired Lori Turner, and police charged her with assault on a child under 12.

“I was very shocked. Not only is she a coworker but a friend. I was very shocked because of that. Even though she was under personal stress, there’s still no reason for this action to happen.”

State records show Future Generations Day Care Center has a superior classification, and a four star license.