‘Fight club’ at St. Louis daycare caught on video by students
The Missouri Attorney General will investigate a St. Louis daycare facility where children were filmed fist fighting each other in 2016.
On Wednesday, Eric Schmitt announced his office would investigate the case against daycare employees at Adventure Learning Center at 5440 Gravois Ave. after the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office dropped it two weeks ago, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Two workers, Tena N. Dailey and Mickala Guliford, were charged in November with first-degree endangering the welfare of a child creating a substantial risk. Original charging documents against the women accuse them of encouraging at least six 3- and 4-year-olds to fight each other, resulting in a black eye for one child on his birthday.
Videos of the fights, which were 35 minutes long, went viral last year.
The Circuit Attorney’s office told the Post-Dispatch there was not enough evidence to prosecute the workers and dropped the charges. But on Tuesday, Schmitt’s office served a civil investigative demand, similar to a subpoena, to the daycare facility to find out whether there were violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act, the state’s consumer-protection law.
According to the Post-Dispatch, the workers were fired from the daycare facility.