Daycare teacher arrested on risk of injury charge

Adnelly Moipard (Photo: Waterbury Police)

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A former daycare teacher at Kid’s Town daycare in Waterbury has been arrested after allegedly breaking a 3-year-old’s arm.

The parent of that child told police that their daughter’s arm had been injured while at the daycare. The child went to the hospital where they were told the three year old girl’s arm was broken.

Tuesday, the daycare worker that police say was involved with the incident appeared in court. 60-year-old Adnelly Moipard appeared in court. She faces charges of child endangerment, risk of injury to a minor and assault.  Her bond was set at $100,000.

Deputy Chief Fernando Spagnolo of the Waterbury Police Department said that officers obtained a surveillance video from the daycare.

“The footage did indicate that the daycare worker had grabbed the juvenile victim by the arm and significantly pulled her and lifted her off the ground,” said Spagnolo.  “The movement was consistent with the child’s injuries.”

Kid’s Town is a vendor for the city of Waterbury’s early childhood development program. The city has launched a secondary administrative investigation into the incident.

Nick Bova, the daycare administrator, shared a letter that was sent sent home to parents telling them  a “former” employee was arrested and that Kid’s Town is cooperating with the investigation.

“I’d like to add no child has ever been harmed here,” said Bova.  When asked to elaborate, Bova refused.

Waterbury police say Adnelly Moipard’s turned herself in without incident.

“She feels she took appropriate actions for the circumstances she was in,” said Spagnolo.

Parents reacted with mixed emotions. Some parents said the news was making them think twice about keeping their child in the daycare.  Another mother said she had liked the teacher involved and was surprised. She planned on keeping her child at Kid’s Town.

A set of new perspective parents came to view Kid’s Town Thursday for their 1-year-old son.

After hearing the news, Wilfredo Rosado said, “I’m going to think twice about this place.”

As they left, the couple told us they would be looking at other daycares.