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TAYLORSVILLE — A teacher at a Taylorsville day care center was charged Wednesday with throwing a toddler face-first into a chair, causing one of the boy's teeth to be chipped and pushed up to his gum line.
Juana Pascacia Petatan Noyola, 67, of West Valley City, is charged in 3rd District Court with aggravated child abuse, a second-degree felony.
On Nov. 2, a mother dropped off her 2-year-old son at ABC Great Beginnings, which used to be called Tilley Time Child Care, 4579 S. 1175 West. She picked him up later that night. The next morning, the woman noticed her son "had a cut on his lower lip, a front chipped tooth, and blood in his nose. When (the mother) asked what happened, (her son) said his teacher hit him on the table," according to charging documents.
The mother went back to the day care center to ask what had happened. When she informed employees that she was going to call police, "the day care told her that police did not need to be involved," the charges state. But when she said the day care refused to show her video from its security cameras, police were called.
On Nov. 15, a Taylorsville officer was given a 9-minute portion of the video. In the footage, Noyola is seen "aggressively and roughly hitting (the boy) in the head twice, and forcefully throwing him down. When (the boy) is thrown down, it appears that he hits his face on a chair and the interaction is consistent with how (he) said he was injured," according to a police booking affidavit.
Noyola was arrested two days later. She "admitted to grabbing (the boy), lifting him up, and throwing him down on a chair," the charges state, adding that the boy had to have a root canal that same day to fix the damage.
On Sunday, police were able to view the entire video from the day care center. In the video, Noyola is seen pushing the boy into a chair a couple of times when the boy attempts to stand up or pull away from her, and at one point, Noyola appears to grab the boy "by the hair and hit him in the face with her right hand," according to the charges.
Another time when the boy starts to walk away, Noyola "grabs (the boy) with one hand on each side of his head, lifts him up and pulls him back toward the chair. Once at the chair, (she) lifts (the boy) up and throws him face-first into the chair," the charges state. "While being interviewed, (Noyola) told officers that she pushed the victim because of his behavior. While the defendant admitted to making a mistake, she denied striking the child and told a co-worker that the victim fell. The defendant also failed to fill out the appropriate paperwork, which would have informed his mother."