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Daycare worker accused of hitting, swearing at kids charged with felony endangering children

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Posted at 2:34 PM, Mar 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-11 14:41:49-05

CLEVELAND — A daycare worker seen on video hitting and swearing at two children at a home daycare this week is facing a felony charge in connection with an incident caught on camera by an older sibling.

Marlene Aviles, 19, of Cleveland, has been charged with endangering children, a third-degree felony, according to court records.

On Tuesday, Marquisha Wilson dropped her four children off at the home daycare provider on Burger Avenue in Cleveland she has used since 2018, Irma Cintron.

While she was on her way to work, her oldest daughter sent her a video that showed Aviles cursing, yelling and slapping her 3-year-old daughter.

In the video, it appears Aviles threatened the girl, telling her not to wet herself during her time at the daycare.

The video then shows Aviles call over Wilson’s 6-year-old son, swear at him, strike him in the head, and appear to strangle and threaten him.

Wilson’s 10-year-old daughter pretended to be on TikTok and recorded the altercation on video.

Aviles is currently in custody at the Cuyahoga County Jail.

Irma Cintron did not open the door when News 5 went to the home for comment. The daycare is a licensed home provider with the state of Ohio. The last inspection of the home was in October 2020. According to the Department of Jobs and Family Services, there have been no serious risks of non-compliance. But now, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Cuyahoga County is investigating child endangerment violations.

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Editor's Note: The video currently on this story was produced on Wednesday night, before Aviles was formally charged. News 5 will include updated video coverage of this story on Thursday evening.

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