Crime

Pasco deputies: Day care worker kicked toddler in head

HOLIDAY -- A Pasco County day care worker has been arrested and charged with child abuse.

Linda Klemm, 49, was arrested on Saturday after the mother of a 16-month-old girl said her daughter had bruises on her body when she picked her up from Kids Stop-N-Play day care Saturday afternoon. The mother called authorities after discovering her daughter's bruises, deputies said.

The police report listed the injuries on the girl as an abrasion underneath her eye and another on the left side of her face.

Deputies said surveillance video from inside the day care shows Klemm intentionally kicking the girl once on the top of the head. Klemm then dragged her foot over the left side of the girl's face. A short time later, Klemm kicked the child on the buttocks, deputies said.

The day care center is located at 5339 Mile Stretch Drive in Holiday.

Klemm, who lives in Tarpon Springs and has worked at the center for four years, was fired. When questioned by authorities, Klemm denied kicking the child on the head and had no explanation for kicking her in the buttocks.

Klemm was released on bail on Sunday.

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