A Manchester preschool teacher is accused of assaulting a 5-year-old student.
According to court documents, the investigation began in December 2018, when they were called to the Manchester Preschool Center on Washington Street.
The victim’s mother told police that she received a phone call from the school’s interim principal reporting that “Miss Casey,” identified as 49-year-old Angela Casey, may have pushed her child in class and that the child hit his head on a chair.
The victim’s mother told police that Casey was removed from the classroom and the situation was reported to the Department of Children and Families.
The victim’s mother also said when she took her child home he appeared fine but complained that his head hurt. The victim’s mother said did not see any visible injury on his head, but that night when she was giving her child a bath she noticed a small red mark on his lower back.
The court documents state that a paraprofessional working in the classroom made the initial report and confirmed to police that they witnessed Casey push the child because the child was refusing to behave. Administrators also told police that there were two other reports of “verbal and physical confrontations” between Casey and students reported by a different paraprofessional.
Casey was charged with third-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor.
Manchester Public Schools Superintendent Matt Geary confirmed Casey was placed on leave on December 5, 2018 and resigned on June 30, 2019.