Bartow Teacher's Aide Charged with Child Abuse

BARTOW (970 WFLA) -- A teacher's aide charged with two counts of child abuse at a school in Bartow. 

Police say Pamela Ann Murphy, 59, struck a 7 year old non-verbal disabled child in his face a week ago (Dec. 4) , at the Jean O' Dell Learning Center, when he kicked his feet toward her. 

Last month, they say, she poured water over a 10-year-old disabled girl's head and called her "(B-word)." The child had taken Murphy's water bottle and drank from it. 

Police were advised by another aide, and questioned Murphy, who denied the accusations. 

Photo Credit: Bartow Police

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