Two more people have been arrested and charged after a report of abuse at the Taylor Independent School District's Child Development Center.
Dolores Merz, 51, and Maria Gomes, 49, both of Taylor, were arrested and charged with failure to report child abuse/neglect.
According to police reports, the incident happened May 17, when Mikelean Griffith, 67, of Hutto, had allegedly abused a child at the center.
According to police reports, a child care provider came to the Taylor Police Department and told officers that a co-worker at the Taylor ISD Child Development Center was involved in the abuse of a child there.
The witness told police that earlier that day Griffith pinned a two-year-old boy to a mat on the floor when the child resisted taking a nap. Griffith held the child to the mat placing her knee in the center of the child's back while both of her hands were on child's shoulders, near his neck.
Griffith transferred her body weight onto the child’s back.
The witness told police that Griffith’s actions were abusive and caused the child to scream and cry loudly. The child’s parents observed a red mark on their son’s back that was not there before the day of the incident. They took the child to his family physician where he was treated and released.
Merz and Gomes were employees at the Childhood Development Center, and were made aware of a child being abused, but failed to report it.
Merz turned herself in July 1, at 6:51 p.m., and Gomes turned herself in July 2, at 9:38 a.m.
Both had warrants for failure to report child abuse/ neglect, a class A misdemeanor.
Merz posted bond for $3,500 and was released July 5. Gomes posted bond for $3,500 and was released the same day.
The Taylor Police Department completed its investigation and consulted with both the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office (who prosecutes felony cases) as well as the Williamson County Attorney’s Office (who prosecutes misdemeanor cases). After the case review with the prosecutors it was determined that the Taylor Police Detectives had probable cause to obtain an arrest warrant for Griffith, who is charged with injury to a child, a state jail felony.
Griffith surrendered herself and was taken into custody May 30 and booked into the Williamson County Jail with a bond of $2,500.
If convicted, Griffith could face up to 180 days to two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.