Nadine Jones

A teacher at a child care center in Duluth was arrested earlier this week and charged with felony first degree cruelty to children for allegedly hitting a 4-year-old child who attended the center with a belt.

Duluth police Officer Ted Sadowski said Childcare Network teacher Nadine Jones, 51, turned herself over to sheriff’s deputies at the Gwinnett County Jail on Monday after a warrant for her arrest was filed against her. Jail records show bond was set at $5,700 and she was released the same day.

“The incident was brought to our attention by the parent of a 4-year-old child that attends the child care facility,” Sadowski said in a statement.

A police report shows the child told his father about the incident and showed him bruises on his lower back after he was picked up from the center on March 26. The father immediately contacted the school and learned the next day that Jones’ employment had been terminated, according to the report.

The father then contacted police March 28 to file a report.

“On April 8, 2019, the Duluth Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division finalized its investigation finding probable cause based on testimony and evidence, thus issued a warrant for the arrest of Nadine Jones, 51, for cruelty to children — first degree,” Sadowski said.

I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

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