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‘Heartless’ daycare teacher charged with assault after caught on camera aggressively pushing 4-year-old girl to the floor

  • James Ciolino was caught on a classroom surveillance camera pushing one of his students to the ground at an Ohio daycare center
  • Another co-worker, Jennifer Miller, was seen before leaving the room
  • Both Ciolino and Miller have been fired from the center; they have both been charged in connection with the incident










An Ohio daycare teacher has been charged with assault after he was caught on camera pushing a four-year-old student to the floor.

James Ciolino, an educator at the Wilde Kingdom Early Learning Center in Fairfield, Ohio, aggressively pushed the little girl during a class taught on June 21.

Video of the incident was published by LOCAL 12 earlier this week in light of the assault charge.

The disturbing clip, captured by a classroom security camera, shows the unnamed girl being brought into Ciolino’s classroom by another staff member identified as Jennifer Miller.

ames Ciolino, an educator at the Wilde Kingdom Early Learning Center in Fairfield, Ohio, aggressively pushed the little girl during a class on June 21

Ciolino, who is reportedly six feet tall and about 315 pounds, suddenly pushes the victim and immediately sends her to the ground.

“Get out of here,” Ciolino hears her say before heading back to an activity with other students in his class.

Miller is seen watching the incident before closing the door and leaving the scene.

Both Ciolino and Miller were fired by the center’s director, Lisa McMillion, when she later discovered the footage.

She also contacted the police and led the charges against Ciolino. Miller has been slapped with a child endangerment charge.

“The video itself has all the truth it needs. So as soon as you see that or as soon as you see that, you immediately know what needs to be done,” McMillion told LOCAL 12.

“You just know there’s something wrong with that crying. As a mother you know when something is not right. And as a director I know all those children and I know how they cry.’

Both Ciolino and Miller were fired by the center's director, Lisa McMillion, when she later discovered the footage

Both Ciolino and Miller were fired by the center’s director, Lisa McMillion, when she later discovered the footage

The girl’s name is not listed for privacy reasons, but her mother, Ernestine Pumah, spoke to LOCAL 12.

“The man just pushed her away like an animal,” the heartbroken mother explained.

‘A little baby who knows nothing, who all she knows in life is to play, eat and sleep. You push her on her chest and she’s crying, and you’re still doing what you were doing? What a heartless man.’

Ciolino and Miller have both pleaded not guilty and will appear in court in December.

The girl's mother, Ernestine Pumah, spoke to LOCAL 12.

The girl’s mother, Ernestine Pumah, spoke to LOCAL 12.

The incident took place at the Wilde Kingdom Early Learning Center in Ohio

The incident took place at the Wilde Kingdom Early Learning Center in Ohio

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