Kiddie City employees speak out - - Jackson, MS

Kiddie City employees speak out

Some workers at Kiddie City Childcare in Vicksburg said Wednesday they wanted to talk to WLBT News on camera, to clear up misconceptions. But they said owner Ruth Lowe's attorney advised them to keep quiet.

The daytime employees say they're frustrated because Sandra Travillion, the woman seen in the July 16 video standing by a window while a 9 year old boy kicks and hits other children, worked the evening shift, and she had only been on the job for about two weeks.

Travillion has been fired from the center. She's also charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Workers tell us the other employee on duty during the violent attack has also been fired. That worker is not seen in the video.

We're told the Mississippi Department of Health has visited at least twice in the past two weeks. Despite losing her job, Travillion was called back to give a statement about what happened.

Wednesday afternoon, a Vicksburg Police Officer arrived at Kiddie City. Employees say they called police because of phoned-in threats, and they've been receiving threats sporadically since the video surfaced.

Employees say Lowe hasn't been coming in much lately because she's been losing sleep over the developments. Workers also told us of a few changes. The center used to stay open until midnight, but a sign on the door Wednesday reveals that it now closes at 8 p.m. Also, Lowe plans to increase the number of employees in the evenings.

Finally, workers tell us the aggressor in the video is out of state, getting a mental health assessment. This claim has not been confirmed. 

Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong says Warren County Youth Court Judge Johnny Price issued a verbal gag order in open court regarding the case, although no written order has crossed his desk.

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