• Mother of child slapped by day care worker talks to Channel 11 News


    None - MCKEES ROCKS, Pa. -- The mother of a child who police said was slapped by a day care worker in McKees Rocks earlier this month spoke to Channel 11's Renee Kaminski on Monday.

    Investigators said the woman's 8-year-old daughter was physically abused by a worker after she misbehaved.

    "I get mad just talking about it right now. It angers me a lot," the girl's mother, who did not want to be identified, said.

    On Feb. 17, police said 19-year-old Shelby Podgorski assaulted the child at Immanuel Christian Daycare. According to the police report, the director of the day care told officers that Podgorski kicked the child, threw her against a wall then slapped her in the face.

    "She just turned 8. She's the tiniest, skinniest, little girl. My other two kids were there. My older daughter, who is 11, started yelling at her as she was doing it saying, 'Why are you doing that? You can't hit her like that,'" the girl's mother said.

    The day care owner said Podgorski passed a background check and worked at the facility for six months. She has since been fired.

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