Greenwich Childcare Worker Arrested After Video Surfaces of Baby Being Force-Fed: Police

An employee of a childcare facility in Greenwich has been arrested after police investigated allegations of her force-feeding a 17-month-old baby.

Karen Van Tobel, 56, of Greenwich, is accused of force-feeding the young child to the point where the baby cried and choked, according to a news release from Greenwich Police.

A caseworker from the state Department of Children and Families contacted police on Oct. 24 to report an incident on Oct. 16 and police said video shows food being forced into the child’s mouth as the child cried, gagged and choked.

Van Tobel was charged with risk of injury and intentional cruelty of persons. She was released on a $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 20.

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