Sarah Gable had been an employee of Childcare of the Future in Delaware Country, Pennsylvania for about a year. Before that, the 52-year-old had a long career, working at least 25 years in childcare.
However, as ABC 6 reports, she was fired from her latest job on March 3.
Shawayne Tavares, the daycare’s administrator, was monitoring the center’s newly installed security camera when she watched Gable push four-year-old Alayah Humphrey down the steps.
The video below shows Gable walking down the steps to help Humphrey back on her feet, before looking directly into the camera:
The security camera had just been installed before the incident took place.
Tavares told CBS Philly that as soon as she saw the incident occur, she confronted Gable:
“I SAID, ‘WHAT ARE YOU DOING? WE DON’T DO THIS TO CHILDREN.’”
Once the police were notified, Gable was fired, arrested and charged with simple assault and child endangerment.
Tavares said that the way the childcare worker shoved the little girl and looked at the camera, it was as if this wasn’t the first time she’s done it. She said of the incident:
“I WAS SO UPSET. IT JUST HURT ME. WE DON’T TREAT CHILDREN HERE LIKE THAT. SO, IT WAS LIKE, ‘WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT? WHY WOULD YOU PUSH A CHILD DOWN THE STEPS.’ AND THE WAY SHE DID IT WAS JUST SO CARELESSLY AS IF SHE’D BEEN DOING IT.”
Neither Gable nor her attorney have commented on the incident. She was released from jail on a $25,000 secured bond. A motive as to why she pushed Humphrey down the stairs is not yet known.
Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said in a news conference that this sort of incident is every parent’s worst nightmare:
“WHEN PARENTS GIVE THEIR KIDS TO DAYCARE CENTERS, THE EXPECTATION IS THAT THEIR CHILDREN ARE GOING TO BE TAKEN CARE OF.”
Luckily, Humphrey was not seriously hurt. However, CBS News did report that the four-year-old suffered some sort of knee injury.
Her family’s attorney told ABC 6 that she’s still shaken from the experience:
“ALAYAH AND HER FAMILY ARE BASICALLY TRYING TO PICK UP THE PIECES. THIS IS A LITTLE GIRL WHO WAS FILLED WITH SMILES, PROMISE AND INNOCENCE WHEN SHE WAS DROPPED OFF THERE ON MARCH 3, AND IS NOT THE SAME GIRL THAT CAME HOME.”
The daycare remains open to its students. Gable is expected in court on March 16.