Court date scheduled for teacher charged with child abuse
A Glenwood Springs Elementary School employee charged with misdemeanor child abuse for allegedly throwing a 2-year-old preschooler against a refrigerator on school grounds will have her day in District Court April 13. According to court records, the child’s parents claim that Joyce Helen Pint, 61, of New Castle, verbally and physically abused the child on multiple occasions, grabbing the child roughly and “isolating” the child in a chair. Pint was cited Nov. 22, 2005 after a GSES staff member allegedly witnessed Pint throwing the child against a refrigerator on Nov. 17. Glenwood Springs Police Lt. Bill Kimminau said in December that police received a phone call from GSES Principal Sonya Hemmen on Nov. 22 concerning the incident at the school. Pint was cited after police were informed about the alleged incident. The child was not injured, he said. In December, Pint’s attorney denied the allegations. “Joyce Pint has never abused anyone – child or adult,” Pint’s attorney, Terrance R. Kelly, of Denver, wrote in an e-mail. “At this stage, we do not know who made the misdemeanor child abuse allegations to law enforcement, the specific nature of the allegations, or the nature of the investigation that led to the filing of a child abuse claim,” Kelly wrote.He called the situation a “tragic mistake” that has been “inflicted on a woman who does not have it in her to harm a child.””We intend to get to the bottom of this matter, and we fully expect to receive the cooperation of law enforcement and school officials in our efforts,” Kelly wrote. He said Pint was one of three regular child care providers for up to nine children no older than 3.Contact Bobby Magill: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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