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Raymore, Mo., daycare worker accused of breaking little boy’s leg

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RAYMORE, Mo. -- A daycare worker in Raymore, Mo., is charged with assault on a child after police say surveillance video showed she tossed the toddler, causing his leg to break.

Sidney Lane, 23, of Kingsville, Mo., is charged with the assault in Cass County. The prosecutor says it was Lane who hit the child and threw him on the ground, his left leg twisted under his body and broke. Then they say Lane picked him up again and tossed him into a playpen.

On March 18, police were called to Children's Mercy South Hospital in Overland Park, where the mother of the 20-month-old boy named Jacoby told them he suffered a fractured left leg while at Little Folks Day Care, 400 W. Walnut Street, in Raymore.

Jacoby`s mother Kenya Brown said she got a call from someone at the daycare on March 18, telling her something was wrong with her son. When she got there, Kenya says Jacoby was hysterical. Daycare workers told her he had a tantrum, he fell, and gave her several stories.

"My son was in pain for almost a week and as a mother, that was just terrifying for me," she told FOX 4. "I had to find out different pieces, they didn`t want to tell me what really happened, they wouldn`t even tell me who even did it."

On March 21, police interviewed daycare employees who say they witnessed what happened, and claimed Lane tossed the toddler and hit him in the forehead. Police say surveillance video confirmed this.

The investigating officer, who watched the surveillance video said in a sworn statement that "the action of Ms. Lane tossing (the child), and the manner which he landed, were consistent with the injury sustained.... I observed (the child) land on his tail bone area, while his left leg appeared to be twisted under his body.  I then saw (the child) appeared to start crying hysterically and Ms. Lane proceeded to pick him up and forcefully put him in a playpen."

FOX 4 went to the daycare to talk to owner Tonya Pruitt, but they locked our news crew out and wouldn't come to the door. Attempts to reach them by phone were also unsuccessful.

"I just want to know why she did it," said Brown.

Left with questions, the mom wants answers from the daycare staff and wants to see a conviction leading to jail time for the suspect.

"I`m not saying a whole bunch of time, it`s not like she killed my son, but at least I want her to think about what she did to my son," she said.

At last check on Friday evening, police say Lane has not been picked up by the authorities. FOX 4 went to her house to try and track her down, but she was not home.

According to the Missouri Health Department, this is not the first time something bad has happened at Little Folks Daycare. In 2012, it was shut down by the state after a 3-year-old wandered away from the facility. Also, at one point a 9-year-old boy got ahold of three bottles of cough syrup from an employee’s office.