Former Massachusetts daycare teacher indicted for abuse

A former daycare teacher faced a judge on Monday accused of assaulting a 3-year-old boy who was in her classroom. Sophie Varatharasa was working at the Montessori Community School in Natick when she allegedly abused the boy. A guilty plea has been entered on his behalf in Natick District Court. She was ordered to stay away from the alleged victim and her family and not take on any childcare duties. She did not answer questions outside of court. The boy’s parents told 5 investigators earlier this year that they had seen his ears badly bruised. “He told me she touched his ears and he cried. And I was so shocked and appalled when I heard that,” the boy’s mother said in an interview that aired in March. State investigators found that two other children reported Varatharasa pulled or pinched their ears, although she was not criminally charged. In court, Sophie Varatharasa was accompanied by her sister Lucie Varatharasa, director of the Montessori community school. Lucie had told regulators that the injuries were not caused by abuse. She also refused to answer questions from 5 Investigates outside of court. Last year, she was allowed to open another daycare center in Natick, now called Little Tots Academy. The boy’s parents had told 5 Investigates they believed the state agency that regulates preschools and daycares, the state Department of Education and Early Care, did not take their complaints seriously enough. Through their attorney, the family released a statement after Varatharasa’s arraignment: “The family remains disappointed that after more than a year, the Montessori Community School has not been held. abuse and neglect reported by EEC and DCF as a result of their investigations, however, they believe today’s charges are an important step in bringing the perpetrator to justice and sending the message to more other potential abusers that their actions may not be without consequence. They would like to remind parents that the results of ECE inspections and surveys of child care providers are available online and that parents should review these reports before entrusting their children to a provider.” An EEC spokesperson noted that Sophie Varatharasa had been expelled from preschool and would need to undergo another background check to be employed in any education program. preschool ion. in the future. EEC also increased monitoring of the program and implemented a corrective action plan at the daycare.

A former daycare teacher faced a judge on Monday accused of assaulting a 3-year-old boy who was in her classroom.

Sophie Varatharasa was working at the Montessori Community School in Natick when she allegedly abused the boy.

A plea of ​​not guilty has been entered on his behalf in Natick District Court. She was ordered to stay away from the alleged victim and her family and not take on any childcare duties.

She did not answer questions outside of court.

The boy’s parents told 5 Investigates earlier this year that they saw his ears were badly bruised.

“He told me she touched his ears and he cried. And I was so shocked and appalled when I heard that,” the boy’s mother said in an interview that aired in March.

State investigators found that two other children reported Varatharasa pulling or pinching her ears, although she has not been criminally charged for this.

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Sophie Varatharasa is charged with assault in part because of this injury to the ear of a 3-year-old child.

In court, Sophie Varatharasa was accompanied by her sister Lucie Varatharasa, the director of the Montessori community school. Lucie had told regulators that the injuries were not caused by abuse. She also refused to answer questions from 5 investigators outside of court.

Last year, she was allowed to open another daycare center in Natick, now called Little Tots Academy.

The boy’s parents had told 5 Investigates they believed the state agency that regulates preschools and daycares, the State Department of Early Education and Care, did not take it seriously enough their complaints.

Through their attorney, the family released a statement after Varatharasa’s arraignment: “The family remains disappointed that after more than a year, the Montessori Community School has not been held accountable for abuse. and neglect reported by EEC and DCF as a result of their investigations, however, they believe today’s charges are an important step in bringing the perpetrator to justice and sending the message to others. potential abusers that their actions will have consequences.They would like to remind parents that the results of CEA inspections and investigations of child care providers are available online and that parents should review these reports before entrusting their children to a supplier.”

A spokesperson for EEC noted that Sophie Varatharasa had been terminated from kindergarten and would need to undergo another background check to be employed in any early education program in the future. EEC also increased monitoring of the program and implemented a corrective action plan at the daycare.

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