JUST IN: Former Boynton daycare worker pleads guilty to negligence


A former Boynton Beach daycare worker pleaded guilty Monday to culpable negligence after video showed her “becoming too aggressive” with two toddlers, court records show.

Amelia Jones, 31, was arrested in February on multiple child cruelty charges. However, she pleaded guilty to lesser, misdemeanor charges of culpable negligence for both inflicting injury on a child and exposing others to injury, court records show.

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A judge ordered adjudication be withheld in the case and sentenced Jones to one year probation. During that year she cannot have contact with children not related to her. She also must undergo an anger management course and do community service.

Her attorney, Herman Stevens Jr., stressed that she didn’t mean to harm any child and is sorry for any pain she caused. 

Video-camera footage from Jones’ classroom at Lighthouse Academy and Child Development Center, 202 W Boynton Beach Blvd., showed her “very aggressively” grab a toddler by the arm and take the child into a bathroom, according to Boynton Beach police records. The school’s staff confronted Jones about the incident the morning after they learned of the allegations and she admitted to “becoming too aggressive” with the child.

Jones was “immediately terminated,” according to daycare staff. The center declined to comment Monday on Jones’ plea.

Jones told Boynton police in February the child had been crying insistently all morning. She brought the child to the bathroom to calm the child down, she said. An officer noted bruises and cuts on the child.

Video showed “Ms. Amelia” injure another child as well. In the Feb. 5 recording, Jones can be seen grabbing a child from across a table, then shaking the child and lifting the child out of a chair. The child fell and Jones made no apparent effort to help, according to police records.

The Palm Beach Post spoke with Jones in February about the allegations and she said: “Teachers have stressful days. That’s all I’m going to say.”



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