Toddler abused at Welwyn Garden City nursery, court told

PUBLISHED: 15:55 28 September 2010

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A TWO-YEAR-OLD boy was dragged by his legs across a floor and had his trousers pulled down repeatedly by two nursery nurses looking after him, a court heard.

The toddler was mistreated by Lisa Wymer and Rebecca Robbins in an incident captured on CCTV at a privately-run nursery in WGC, prosecutors allege.

The footage, shown to a jury at St Albans Crown Court, appears to show other children being directed to poke the toddler and to remove his shoes while he is lying down.

Prosecutor George Heimler said the little boy could be seen holding his head and rubbing his eyes during his ill-treatment, while Robbins, 21, of High Street, Codicote, and Wymer, 22, of Arundel Drive, Borehamwood, appear to be laughing and joking.

Both nursery nurses were dismissed from their jobs after the incident on December 17 last year.

They are accused of wilfully mistreating the child in a manner likely to cause him unnecessary suffering or injury to health and are charged with cruelty to a person under 16, which both deny.

Breaking down in tears as she gave evidence, eyewitness Nichola Richardson said: “I saw Lisa get him by his legs and pull him into the main room where I was sitting.

“It was quite a distance. She pulled him to a chair that was situated in the main room.

“He was very upset and was rubbing his head. He was crying.’’

She added: “It’s not what you would expect to see in a nursery environment.”

Franco Tizzano, defending Wymer, said the child had been upset before his client had any interaction with him.

And Maria Karaiskos, defending Robbins, suggested Miss Richardson had not had a very good view of what happened. The child’s mother has also given evidence to the court.

The child and nursery cannot be named for legal reasons.

The trial continues.


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