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Delaware day care workers encouraged toddlers to fight each other, police say

Tiana Harris, Estefania Myers and Lisa Parker were arrested by police for allegedly encouraging toddlers to fight each other while under their watch at a Delaware day care center
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Tiana Harris, Estefania Myers and Lisa Parker were arrested by police for allegedly encouraging toddlers to fight each other while under their watch at a Delaware day care center
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(CBS) DOVER, Del. - Police arrested three day care workers Monday for allegedly encouraging three-year-olds to fight each other while under their care, CBS Philly reports.

Delaware police arrested 19-year-old Tiana Harris, 21-year-old Estefania Myers and 47-year-old Lisa Parker on charges of second-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child and other offenses.

The employees work at the Hands of Our Future Day Care in Dover. They were arrested after police discovered a cell phone video taken by one of them in March showing employees watching, and encouraging two three-year-olds to fight each other.

The fight video is not released to parents or the public because it is used as evidence. Police said the video shows one child crying and yelling, "He's pinching me," while a day care worker responds, "No pinching, only punching."

"Clearly one of the children is crying and does not want to continue on and he is pushed back into the fray by one of the adults," Dover Police Capt. Tim Stump said.

The license of the day care center involved has been suspended pending a hearing, authorities say.