2nd Rockingham County day care worker charged with child abuse


Mary Neal Winchester, Nekeisha Latwanna Walton

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REIDSVILLE, N.C. — A second day care worker in Rockingham County has been charged with child abuse, according to a press release.

On Thursday, Feb. 15, Nekeisha Latwanna Walton, 39, of Eden, was arrested and charged with two counts of misdemeanor child abuse after an investigation into reported abuse at Lil’ Daydreamers Child Development Center at 3910 Vance St. Ext. in Reidsville.

On Feb. 22, Mary Neal Winchester, 55, of Reidsville, was arrested and charged with two counts of misdemeanor child abuse stemming from the investigation.

According to warrants, Walton is accused of picking up a male child by the arm and carrying him across a room. She is also accused of forcefully grabbing a female child by the arm, jerking her and then pushing her over. They also showed that Winchester grabbed a female child by one of her arms and slung her against a cabinet before picking her up and dropping her on the floor.

FOX8 was also able to obtain the search warrant deputies used to get access inside the center. It says that the investigation started after the parents of a 13-month-old boy filed a report after seeing scratches on his leg. Deputies seized the day care owners cellphone, copies of documents and surveillance video.

Both women were taken to the Rockingham County Jail on a $10,000 secured bond.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has also been involved in the investigation.

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