Parents of 5-year-old boy sue Winston-Salem day care, allege abuse

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Jacinta Antoinetta Gladden

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The parents of a 5-year-old boy allege in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that a day care teacher at Sugar and Spice Child Enrichment Center struck their child, pushed him into bookcases and then let another child taunt and hit the boy.

The lawsuit alleges Sugar and Spice officials were negligent in hiring and supervising the teacher.

Angel Broughton and Paul Accattato, parents of Carter Accattato, filed the lawsuit in Forsyth Superior Court against Jacinta Antoinetta Gladden and Sugar and Spice Child Enrichment Center, which is based in Winston-Salem but has a day care center on Union Cross Road near Kernersville. Gladden, 32, of Old Vineyard Road, is already facing child abuse charges stemming from the incident that occurred on June 17 at the day care center.

The lawsuit said Gladden struck, threw, grabbed and pushed Carter into “bookcases, walls, the floor” and held Carter on top of a table “while his head and legs were suspended off the floor. Gladden is also accused in the lawsuit of “inducing other younger children to taunt and ridicule the minor Plaintiff, inducing other children to strike and kick the minor child while he was restrained” and “repeatedly calling the minor Plaintiff, ‘baby.’”

Read more: Winston-Salem Journal

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