Woman arrested and charged with abuse after child reportedly injured at church daycare

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December 25 2021 12:00 am

MOODY, Ala. (WIAT) — A worker at a church daycare in Moody is charged with abusing a child, according to police.

The incident occurred May 3 at Bethel Baptist Church.

Ashleigh Brooke Guin, 25, was arrested by Moody Police Wednesday morning. Investigators said the 3-year-old girl’s mother called police after she saw bruises and scratches on her daughter.

Investigators looked at the child’s injuries and surveillance video from the church.

After discussions with the district attorney’s office, a warrant was issued for Guin’s arrest. Parents at the day care said a note was sent home Wednesday.

“I see both sides, I understand, I would be upset if it were my child too,” said Betsy Fontenot.

Fontenot said her little one has been going to Bethel Wee Care every day of the week. Despite allegations against Guin, Thursday will be no different.

“We have been there since January and I tell you, my child won’t go anywhere else. We absolutely love it,” said Fontenot.

Moody Police told CBS 42 they received the video from the child’s family. Some parents wondered if the church would have even reported the incident to investigators.

The church’s pastor, Dr. Josh Burnham told CBS 42 that he could not make any comments. Burnham added that parents have been kept updated about the situation and that the church continues to cooperate with investigators.

Fontenot said she had watched parts of the video, but is satisfied with the note sent home Wednesday.

“It’s kind of disgusting to see it, there again there’s one bad person, you can’t blame the whole facility,” said Fontenot.

Another woman seen in the video told Moody Police that she thought Guin used more force than necessary.

The woman goes on to say Guin later sat on the floor with the child, cried, and told her she didn’t hurt her on purpose.

Fontenot is keeping all families in her prayers.

“If she is found guilty than she’s going to have to pay for this the rest of her life, and I do feel for the child and her parents,” said Fontenot.

CBS 42 sent a reporter to Guin’s house for her side of the story. A man at the door said he would have to discuss the request with a lawyer.

Parents and Police told CBS 42 that Guin had been fired, but the church’s pastor said he could not make any comments.

Guin is out of jail on bond.

WIAT will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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