Center Township daycare worker charged with assaulting, endangering children

CENTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A local mom said her son is one of five children who was abused by a worker at a daycare in Center Township.

She said she chose the daycare because her friend worked there. Thursday, her friend, Taylor Titley, was charged by state police.

“It’s very traumatizing. You never expect your child to go through something like this. It’s literally your worst nightmare as a parent for your child to be abused,” said Kara Kennedy.

Titley allegedly abused five children between the ages of 2 years old and 6 months old at Sherly Buffington’s Daycare & Preschool Palace in Center Township, including Kennedy’s baby boy.

Kennedy shared photos with Channel 11 of her son, Kaiden, saying he would come home sometimes from the daycare with bruises, burn marks or rashes.

“He came home with random rashes, like possible carpet burn rashes,” Kennedy said.

According to the criminal complaint, state police got a Childline report that a baby went to the hospital with a broken arm in June. Police say this happened while the child was at the daycare.

“I pray for that baby every day and his family because it wasn’t fair. It’s not fair to be that age and have broken bones,” said Sherrie Paul.

State police interviewed daycare employees who said Titley worked in the infant room. They described seeing Titley forcefully throwing kids several times onto their sleeping mat from three to four feet off the ground.

Employees also told police that Titley would aggressively grab infants by their arms and pull them off the floor and would complain when the kids screamed or cried.

11 News went to Titley’s house and she slammed the door when she answered. We also questioned the daycare’s owner about the accusations.

“We are a licensed daycare, so we are mandated to report things like this, and to my knowledge, I had no knowledge of this going on,” Buffington said.

Buffington said Titley was fired. She says the kids’ safety is her top priority and they are deeply troubled by this news and are fully cooperating with police in this investigation.

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