Another Daycare Worker Charged With
Child Abuse in Rockingham Co.
WENTWORTH, NC – A second daycare worker is facing child abuse charges in Rockingham County.
The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office confirms Mary Neal Winchester, 55, has been arrested and charged with two counts of misdemeanor Child Abuse.
The charges stem from an ongoing investigation into abuse at Lil’ Daydreamers Child Development Center in Reidsville.
The warrant for her arrest accuses her of “grabbing the child by one of the child’s arms and slinging her up against a cabinet and then picking her up and dropping her violently on the floor.”
Winchester was placed in the Rockingham County Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond.
Earlier this month (Feb. 15) detectives charged Nekeisha Latwanna Walton, 39, with two counts of misdemeanor Child Abuse.
The warrant for Walton’s arrest accuse her of “forcefully grabbing the child by the arm, jerking her, and then pushing her over.”
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has also been involved in this investigation. A spokesperson says it is aware of the allegations and is considering next steps.
Winchester and Walton were both employees of the Lil’ Daydreamers Child Development Center at the time the alleged abuse occurred. Attempts to reach the daycare’s owner for unsuccessful.
WFMY News 2 reached out to the Pastor of Noah’s Ark Full Gospel Baptist Church, where the daycare is located, but our call wasn’t returned.