Court records detail incident with obscene Snapchat video at Chandler day care

Friday, 13 October 2017, 08:00:03 PM. After a boy woke up from a nap, a Chandler Superkids day-care employee handed him a sex toy and a coworker made obscene gestures with it, police said.

Police have released details about an incident at a Chandler day care center involving employees who recorded themselves making obscene gestures in the presence of a 2-year-old boy and posted the video on Snapchat.

The incident, which happened Monday at Superkids child care center, took place in a room for 2-year-olds where at least one child had been napping.

A probable cause statement released by Chandler police on Thursday says day-care "teacher" Gabriella Del Carmen Garcia, 25, had been making obscene gestures with a sex toy while another teacher, 24-year-old Fatina Sawyer, recorded it on her cell phone.

The statement, which police filed in a Chandler justice court, said several people can be heard laughing in the video, and then Sawyer is heard calling to a 2-year-old who was waking from his nap.

Police said Sawyer then commands the boy to say his name, calls him to her and hands him the toy. The video was posted to social media and circulated on Facebook, which is how the director of the day care told police she became aware of what happened.

A witness first reported the incident to police Monday night. The director filed a report with police on Tuesday afternoon.

 

Garcia and Sawyer were arrested Wednesday. Court records show Garcia and Sawyer are facing a charge of furnishing obscene material to a minor, and Sawyer is also facing charges of luring a minor for sexual exploitation and sexual exploitation of a minor.

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Janae Peterson was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, on suspicion of failure to report the incident. She has since been released. (Photo: Provided by Chandler (Ariz.) Police Department via The Arizona Republic)

A third woman, Janae Peterson, 21, was also arrested on suspicion of failure to report the incident, which had been recorded on Sawyer's cell phone and uploaded to the Snapchat smartphone app, police said.

Police said a second child was also present in the room, but it wasn't clear if the child had witnessed the incident. A fourth unidentified employee was also in the room, but that person is being considered a witness and not a suspect, said Det. Seth Tyler, a Chandler police spokesman.

The director told police that she fired the four employees, none of whom had brought the incident to her attention, the statement says. 

On Wednesday, police said Garcia turned herself into Chandler police and Sawyer was arrested by Mesa police at her mother's house.

The state Department of Health Services said officials have coordinated with police and will conduct its own investigation.

Nicole Capone, a spokeswoman for Health Services, said in an email on Wednesday that "based on the severity and scope of violations (the department) can either issue civil money penalties, suspend or revoke the license."

Since 2014, people have filed 11 reports of violations involving the day care center, according to Health Services records. Not all of the complaints have been substantiated.

The violations that the center was cited for vary from having a broken toy, not maintaining proper records, to employees working while being sick.

 

 

 

 

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