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Calif. special ed teacher charged for allegedly kicking student, withholding food

Alexia Bogdis San Mateo County Sheriff's Office

(CBS) REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Authorities say a California special education teacher was charged with child cruelty after allegedly striking preschool students and depriving one of food.

Alexia Aliki Bogdis, 44, has been charged with five counts of child cruelty and four counts of battery on school grounds, San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said, according to CBS San Francisco.

Police investigators reportedly say they believe the victims were two 4-year-old boys and that the crimes occurred over the past few months.

According to CBS San Francisco, investigators say Bogdis slapped a student, twisted a student's wrist, and kicked the back of a chair, causing a desk to move forward and strike a student, Guidotti said.

Bogdis is also accused of depriving a child of food and kicking a child in the stomach, Guidotti reportedly said. The children were not seriously injured.

Bogdis surrendered to police on Saturday and was booked into San Mateo County Jail, CBS San Francisco reports. She was later released on $15,000 bail, Guidotti said.

She is scheduled to enter a plea in San Mateo County Superior Court on March 1.

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