Fight at daycare almost tramples small children

9:59 PM, Dec 13, 2013   |    comments
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MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Video of a fight last year at McGarity School of Prep has surfaced, raising questions about safety inside the McDonough daycare.

It's hard to tell where or how the fight begins, but daycare workers told police it was David Gray who blew up during a meeting with the owner, hitting her in the face while gathering his children's stuff to leave. Several witness statement say he went on hitting everyone in sight, even setting his child down in a crib, or in one report, dropping his child on the ground, so he could hit them some more.

Gray's attorney says the video speaks for itself.  Attorney Darryl Scott says Gray is just stretching out his hand to defend himself, as he tries to get out of the room. At no time do you see him set his child down.

If the fight weren't troublesome enough, look again at the babies caught in the chaos. One child barely escapes being trampled on as the fight pushes an exersaucer out of the way.

The daycare had no comment on the incident. Police originally arrested the father, charging him with battery and disorderly conduct, but the charges were later dropped.

Gray's attorney says the real attention should be on the workers.  In a written statement, Scott says, "we have concerns regarding the health and safety of the children and whether these employees have the appropriate temperament to supervise and care for them."

The Department of Early Care and Learning says the fight was never reported to them, but after seeing the video, intends to launch an investigation, to make sure the children at that center are safe.

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