Woman denies physically assaulting 5-year-old boy at Winston-Salem day care


Jacinta Gladden

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A former daycare teacher is denying allegations in a lawsuit that she struck a 5-year-old child, pushed him into bookcases, and let another child taunt and hit the boy.

Jacinta Gladden, 32, of Old Vineyard Road, filed a response Sept. 15 to the lawsuit in Forsyth Superior Court. Angel Broughton and Paul Accattato, parents of Carter Accattato, filed the lawsuit against 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.

The lawsuit also alleges that Gladden held Carter on top of a table “while his head and legs were suspended off the floor,” and induced other younger children to taunt and ridicule the boy, getting them to “strike and kick” the child. Gladden is also accused of “repeatedly calling the minor Plaintiff, ‘baby,’” according to the lawsuit.

Read more: Winston-Salem Journal

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