Woman arrested for battery after parent reports abuse at Fishers day care
FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) — An employee of a child care center in Fishers was arrested Tuesday on 19 counts of battery, just over a month after a concerned parent reported their child was suffering from bruising, police say.
On March 16, the Fishers Police Department launched an investigation after a parent reported their child was suffering from a handprint bruise on her right leg after they came home from the Kiddie Academy child care located at 11703 Olio Road, a release said Tuesday.
The parent immediately contacted the owner of the child care and met to view the surveillance video from the classroom. Police say the video showed a child care employee physically abusing the child. The owner of the child care immediately fired that employee the same day.
Molly Taxter, 23, was arrested and taken to the Hamilton County jail.
Detectives have identified multiple children who were abused and believe there could be additional children involved.
Any parent of a child who attended Kiddie Academy Daycare between January and March 2023 and has reason to believe their child has suffered an injury at the daycare is asked to contact Fishers police at 317-595-3317.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the initial court date has not been set.
Taxter’s bond is set for the amount of $150,000.
“On Wednesday, March 15th, we became aware that an assistant teacher in our Toddler room had been acting in a manner contrary to our core values and commitment to provide safe and healthy environments for all children in our care. Upon learning of the behavior, we notified the appropriate authorities, and the teacher was terminated. Representatives from CPS and Licensing began their investigation on Friday, March 17th and we have since learned that the former teacher is being formally charged for her actions.
“Our team is dedicated to sound leadership decisions, swiftly addressing concerns, aligning with local licensing bodies and ensuring that the trust of each family is earned and maintained. We will continue to fully cooperate with local authorities during any further investigation of this matter.
“We are a local, family-owned independent business and parents ourselves, who care deeply about our children and our community. There is nothing more important than creating a nurturing and safe environment for the children in our care, and their families – it is our life’s commitment. ”
Kiddie Academy of Fishers