Rosie Hicks and Tracy Owens both charged with child abuse after hot-saucing toddler. Mug shot via Okfuskee County Sheriff's Office.
Two daycare workers at the Muscogee Creek Daycare in Oklahoma are accused of giving a 13-month old boy hãbañerõ sauce while denying him anything to drink. Police reports accuse daycare workers Rosie Hicks, 49, and Tracy Owens, 36, of giving the baby hot sauce and then laughing as the tot cried. The toddler, who has been identified only by the initials C.F., appeared to be in significant pain in the surveillance video obtained by the Okfuskee County Police. According to court documents, the hot sauce was poured on a plate of the boy’s food and served to him while he was strapped inside a high chair.
Owens reportedly told police that the hot sauce punishment was Hicks idea. Hicks originally denied any wrong doing but later admitted to police that she had Owens go out and buy some hãbañerõ sauce to put on the tot’s food. Hicks also admitted to making the child fall while he was trying to balance himself on a table and then laughing. Hicks blamed the stress of her job on acting in ways she admits was “wrong”.
“Hot saucing” is a controversial disciplinary tactic which is thought to have originated in the south. It is considered child abuse in most areas but endorsed by some Christian groups according to Wikipedia.
Both Hicks and Owens have been arrested on charges of felonious child abuse. They are scheduled to appear in court on April 19.
The toddler has subsequently been placed in another daycare.
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