WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58) – A Waukesha teacher has been charged with child abuse at a daycare facility after executing a search warrant Wednesday, September 14.
Heather Miller, 48, was charged with physical abuse of a child – willful bodily harm and second degree reckless endangerment.
According to the criminal complaint, officers spoke to a parent on August 29 about the potential child abuse that occurred while their child was in the care of staff at Lawrence School. The parent said she learned from another teacher that her child was abused by lead teacher Heather Miller in a classroom.
Detectives learned that on August 17, another employee witnessed Miller feeding an infant with medical needs at The Lawrence School. Miller is said to have heard from the child that he was “physically disgusting” and that “the way he ate was disgusting.” Later in the day, the witness reported seeing Miller place items around the baby’s crib in a way that would block the view of security cameras. The witness told detectives they later saw Miller lift the victim up and hit her face down on the crib, using so much force that the child’s “whole body bounced and fell again”. The witness said the child began to cry and Miller held the child to the mattress with so much force that it was difficult for them to breathe. Detectives were told Miller did this for about 30 seconds when the child let out a wheezing sound.
The complaint says the witness immediately alerted staff at the front of the building and said something needed to be done immediately. The directors reported listening but did not respond to the room and said they would look into it. Witnesses said the child’s face was red, his body was hot and seemed to have different actions after this incident.
After doing nothing, the witness completed a report and sent it to the director of the daycare facility, stating that if Miller continued to work at the facility, she needed to be placed in that room to protect the children. away from her. The witness said she was not brought into the room and as of August 25 no action had been taken.
Investigators spoke to the victim’s mother, who said the child was finally starting to feel like himself after being sick for several weeks. The mother was advised to take the victim to Children’s Wisconsin for examination. The complaint says that doctors found no injuries on this date but reports suggest the child may have had previous injuries that have healed.
The complaint goes on to say that a state licensing specialist visited the facility on September 2 and Miller denies harming the child. The owner and director of the daycare facility said they were unaware of the behavior and refused any staff visits out of concern.
Miller was arrested after a search warrant was issued on September 14. Prosecutors say she denied causing injury to the child and said she knew nothing about the investigation.
On Thursday, Miller appeared in court and issued a $6,000 bond.
She will return to court on September 19.