Mom says school employee was caught on video abusing 4-year-old with autism


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) — A Charlotte mom says she’s heartbroken to learn that her child with autism was abused by an employee at his school.

“I feel horrible that I drop him off in the hands of what I know now is his abuser. It hurts. It hurts really bad,” Lauren Harrington said through tears. 

She says her 4-year-old son who has nonverbal autism was physically abused multiple times by a teacher’s assistant at Winget Park Elementary. 

“What else has happened that Remmington hasn’t told me and can’t tell me?” 

The latest incident happened Tuesday. Harrington says the school’s principal called her after dismissal saying a teacher reported that her son was abused by another teacher during lunch. On Wednesday, Harrington and her husband were able to watch the video at the school. 

“He was handled roughly and assaulted was the words that were used yesterday by the assistant teacher. We reviewed the camera a few times and it was very upsetting. Not just because he is mine, but for the health and safety of every child, she should not be at that school.”

Harrington says back in November her son had a cut on his wrist, and then in December more markings on his body from his upper back down to his side. She said both incidents were reported but there was no resolution. 

Now with this latest abuse on video, Harrington is fearful of the unknown, not with just her child but others as well.

“It’s very upsetting. It’s more so terrifying than anything because it’s just not my child, it’s others, and how many others has it happened to. Like what is the history that’s going on. I can only tell you Remmington’s story.” 

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