Two former employees of a child daycare center have been charged with instigating fights among a dozen children, ages 4 to 6, recording the incidents and calling them a "fight club," authorities said today.
Erica Kenny, 22, of Cranford and Chanese White, 28, of Roselle both are charged with fourth-degree child abuse for the alleged fights at the Lightbridge Academy daycare center on South Avenue East, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park said.
She said Kenny additionally is charged with third-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
The fights were staged on at least one day in mid-August, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Sheets, who is prosecuting the case.
Kenny is further accused of recording video of the fights with her cell phone and sharing the video clips with several friends on social media via the Snapchat app, Sheets said.
He said that in the video clips, Kenny can be heard referencing the activity as "Fight Club," quoting from the book and movie of the same name in encouraging the children to engage each other physically.
Approximately a dozen boys and girls at the daycare center can be seen in the video clips shoving each other to the ground and attempting to strike each other, he said.
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