A teacher at the Goddard School outside Dale City is accused of biting a 13-month-old boy, and the day care franchise owner has been charged with failing to report the assault to authorities.

Theresa Elaine Brown, 24, of the 15000 block of Traverser Court in Woodbridge was arrested Friday for the Sept. 11 biting incident at the school on Staples Mill Road, near the intersection of Minnieville and Spriggs roads.

Brown has a long list of criminal charges in Prince William County, and under Virginia law, may not have been eligible to be a state-licensed day care employee.

The center’s owner, Nadia Maqsood Choudry, also 24, of the 6600 block of Olga Lane in Manassas, was charged with failure to report child abuse or neglect, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.

Police say that on Sept. 11 Brown bit the toddler after he bit another teacher. The bite left a mark on the child’s shoulder.

A witness immediately reported the incident to school administrators, but Choudhry “informed the reporting staff member to not report the incident to authorities,” Perok said.

Under Virginia law, day care workers, teachers and health professionals and others are required to report suspected abuse and neglect to social services.

Perok said the incident was anonymously reported to Prince William Child Protective Services on Sept. 12. Social services in turn reported it to police.

Brown has a long history of criminal charges in Prince William, including a pending court date for felony larceny as a third offense, according to court records. In Virginia, day care providers must sign a disclosure saying if they are convicted of or charged with any pending criminal offenses.

A March 20 Virginia Department of Social Services inspection of the Goddard School at Staples Mills cited the facility for not having an updated sworn disclosure statement for one employee.

It’s unclear why Brown was employed despite her record, which includes charges of larceny, embezzlement, grand larceny, resisting arrest, assault and driving on a revoked license, court records show

The day care is one of two Goddard School franchises in Prince William County.

The allegations come less than a year after two employees at the Minnieland at the Glenn outside Lake Ridge were charged with 96 counts of abusing children in a toddler class. Their cases are pending in Prince William Circuit Court.

In the Minnieland case, the Virginia Department of Social Services investigation revealed that other staff at Minnieland at the Glen witnessed two teachers hitting, biting and otherwise mistreating a class of toddlers for almost six months. No one did anything to stop it, even though state law mandates that child-care workers report any suspected abuse or neglect. Finally, another teacher took her concerns to Minnieland’s corporate office and the state began an investigation.

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ActuallyHawa

That poor baby. I hope he isn't to traumatized by this monserous act. Omg! Why are daycare centers so lax when it comes to staff hired to care for people' s children? This is ridiculous. How many incidents of abuse from daycares need to be reported before more is done? Certain people have no business working with kids!

Trentham

Let's be realistic. What are you going to get for $10/hour? Not Mary Poppins. It's the luck of the draw. Some folks have absolutely no trouble with their child care providers...others deal with this kind of nightmare.

polack10

Because it is run by a foreigner who doesn't care or give a c r a p about USA laws. Close the borders NOW!!!! Hope they throw the book at both of them, long overdue

Phil Asheeo

Culture of Violence continues....!

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bugmenot

Paul Ebert failing to protect Prince William's children once again. I'm sure he'll be asleep at the wheel for this case also.

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Che

Just heard this morning on NBC 4 that Spriggs trial begins today.....Jordans is scheduled for October 20th.

RainsMommy

I just stopped working for this Goddard three weeks ago. They don't check people out like they should and all any teach there is, is just a body to make sure that the room is in ratio. I came to the owners multiple times about things that I've seen teachers do and I never did anything they don't care all they are worried about is the money. I had a teach hit my child there and they just told me they would "look in to it" That teacher is still there..

bugmenot

RainsMommy, it's no wonder you worked as a babysitter, because you sure do not have any grasp of the English language to get hired anywhere else.

I hope English is your second language.

kl

much to do about nothing. i would'n't report shyt. trailer trash people need to stop having kids if they can't stay at home and watch them

Brad

Culture of violence continues. And as the article states, at the OLD age of 24 she has a long criminal history. Loser!

111263

Yeah, bugmenot makes a good point.....I was kind of thinking the same thing. Frankly, Trentham makes a solid point: "Let's be realistic. What are you going to get for $10/hour?" $10/hr with no benefits in Prince William County. Can you even find a non-felon for that? But, I guess you got to find folks that are going to refrain from biting a 13 month old. From the looks of Theresa Elaine Brown, she probably should focus on a career in which she is not "directly" in contact with the human race.

bugmenot

"$10/hr with no benefits in Prince William County. Can you even find a non-felon for that?"

.... and THIS is exactly why we have an immigration "problem". You can find people that will work for that low of pay, but they're "illegal". When is the Republican party going to start blaming the immigration problem on business owners?

RenaVA

An adult should know better not to bite a child. This POS needs to be thrown in prison for the rest of her rotten life.

jazzmarie

She deserves to go to prison. For a long time and the school needs to be under investigation if they are just hiring anybody. Are our children really safe?

wiseintruth

What is sad is the fact you all actually believe this. I guess it is not your fault as you do not know any of the people involved. With that in mind, the first thing you hear seems believable since you are not aware of what is going on. If there is to be a target, then it should be at the person that wrote this. VERY lazy on their research as their information is incorrect. Majority, if not all, of the charges were dropped. Also, the claim made in the article is also incorrect. This will be presented at a later time, I assume, when they update with more solid information. I feel sorry for the toddler. I hope the child will recover from this.

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swandive

You were told wrong. The trial started today.

111263

wiseintruth, the following text is much more meaningful than whether she bit the child or not:

"her record, which includes charges of larceny, embezzlement, grand larceny, resisting arrest, assault and driving on a revoked license, court records show"

I cannot imagine the above text is made up and not factual. So she might have not actually bit the child, big deal. She still can't be working around kids. Also, charges are public record on the Va. Court Records website.

msrosewolf

If you want the real info on this person and how she DOES NOT respect the law go to this public site: http://www.courts.state.va.us/caseinfo/home.html. This is how you access the info, General District, case status and info, general district court info, put in info #, court: PWC, name search, data status: all, type in name.
a summary of her history, which shows a total disrespect for the law, is from 2010-2014 she has 26 differing charges, FTA (6), Forgery, petit larceny(3), grand Larceny, assault, embezzlement (2), resisting arrest, driving on revok/susp (5), no licence, speeding, expired reg, and false report to police and you want this type of person watching your children? Really?

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bugmenot

RainsMommy, Please thank whoever taught you to use spell check this afternoon. You really own them big time!

RainsMommy

O and owe not own ;-)

wiseintruth

If you want the real info on this person then go to the person. How many of you were in contact with this person when any of those charges were placed on her. How many of you actually know this person, I'll wait.......you are asking the wrong question here. How can someone with that many "charges" not be put away? Especially one that is a minority and a presumed target for such a place. The court would not pass up a chance to get rid of a person like what is being portrayed. It is obviously deeper than that but you wouldn't know that. You click the link and say "welp this has to be true because its a third party source". If anyone knows anything about the court system it is that they are terrible at updating information. Even this article is over a week late. Anyway, believe what you must, but unlike any of you I have been following this situation since the day it happened.

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bugmenot

Should we deport the black woman? Oh wait....

111263

wiseintruth, the only thing relevant here is what the Va. Court Records website has as charges of record. Both the quantity and the types are what is relevant. It just so happens, this lady is not incarcerated. That does not mean she should be employed around kids. Certainly, with such a background, no reasonable person would hire her for this type of work. I don't give a crap if she bit that child or not. She is 24 freaking years old with that rap sheet. That is only 6 years as an adult. The fact that she is currently not incarcerated means nothing. It stands to reason she will be in prison very soon, for one reason or another. Pending charges are out there.

111263

Dropped charges and not guilty verdicts are kept on record for a reason. Remember, George Zimmerman was found not guilty.

111263

She is averaging 5.2 charged offenses per year since 2010. And these ain't no stinking parking tickets, wiseintruth. So, basically an offense every 10 weeks. Hmmm, it seems larceny occurs about every 4 months. So, basically she commits larceny more frequently than the average adult car owner gets their oil changed.

msrosewolf

Also, I forgot to mention, she has 16 payments due to the court and 15 payments are overdue. All public info

H8DMV

Wiseintruth.!!! To your first comment NO one wants to know the people involved.!!!😩

RainsMommy

I worked with everyone involved in this situation. The teacher that "allegedly" bit the child was seen by my self and other teachers being extremely to rough with the children. When it was brought to an owners or directors attention they ignored it because they were so short staffed. We had licensing in and out of that place because the few good teachers that are there would call even after we were told not to. One of the reasons I stayed working there so long was I was afraid of what kind of teacher they were going to replace me with. I did not want the children in my class to go through what this poor child did. They were at the point of hiring anyone that walked through the door.

wiseintruth

Okay 111263, as I have said before, it is way deeper than one layer of research. Again, to have such a record and yet not be incarcerated is way beyond me. You speak as if it is some kind of fluke.....logic will kick in sometime....hopefully soon. But if you want to look at background you should try to get a grasp of her history with kids. You do know her history with kids right? That is actually a big part of this whole situation. I'm so sure you added her past interactions with kids in your analysis.....no? Funny how her side wasn't mentioned. Do you look at things like that? No? Good gracious, how can you put a puzzle together that's missing a few pieces? But I am leaving it at that. I will leave it alone, you all can dance in your ignorance together.

flipkey

Well, you must not know the woman very well either, b/c according to her records she has spent a total of 70 days incarcerated (and that is just in PWC). Not to mention, we ALL know how the PWC court system works- you pay your fines, spend a few days in jail, and they let you go.... only to let history repeat itself over and over again! Also, where do you get the idea that the charges were dropped? This was most likely a case in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, so are you saying the charges were dropped just because you cannot find a public record on it? Juvenile court cases are not posted on the VA court system website.

ActuallyHawa

She told NBC that she didn't bite the baby that another child must have...

H8DMV

Why get on TV and not show your face.... Hello Lady you and the owners mugshot are everywhere.!!!

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Wilco

At Kerrydale Elem? In what capacity?

111263

It really does come back to the pathetic system of justice in PWC as well as the US as a whole. 70 total incarcerated days is an outrage.

"Brown has a long history of criminal charges in Prince William, including a pending court date for felony larceny as a third offense, according to court records".

RenaVA

What is happening all around us where daycare centers don't give a damn who they hire to take care of the children in their charge?

Did the Goddard School even run a criminal background check on this POS? God, had that happen to my kids I would have been all over that piece of trash.

We can't trust anyone anywhere anymore.

Cultured2014

wow...look at the rap sheet on this woman (not the manager) just in 2014!! and this person was watching children? they need to shut this school down and do a massive investigation. this chick also needs to be locked up for a long time as she's obviously a repeat offender who has no respect for the law.

culture of violence yet again...continues.

VABDD

Wow.. She shouldn't be around anyone .. I don't know why she isn't locked up... Liberal judges I guess.. The only way she would be prohibited from working with children is if she has a barrier crime on her and that would show on the DSS background check and it she was an adult at the time. Juvenile records are sealed till the person is 18 (If it is a felony) and can be expunged at the request of a judge. Misdemeanors will not appear and they do disappear at the age of 18. She owes fines in Fairfax County and PWC. I just hope the judge holds her till her day in court.

Now on the other hand maybe the Goddard school and Minnieland do not have a stringent back ground check check policy stating that if you have any convictions that are felonies you are not employable.

jazzmarie

I know her, she has been in and out of jail for 3 years she served all her time really in Rappahannock regional...she is a seasons criminal. She needs to go down.

jazzmarie

SHE SERVED A LOT OF TIME IN RAPPOHANOCK REGIONAL JAIL LOOK IT UP!!!!!!!!!!

111263

I got to tell you.....hiring this scum absolutely trumps hiring illegal immigrants....not even close....ugh, and I am against hiring illegal immigrants where someone legit would actually take the job. Also, I finally looked up her record on website for PWC only....It was unbelievable...and you know damn well she has offenses in neighboring jurisdictions.

Phil Asheeo

I don't think she has ever been to jail. I mean she says she didn't do it C'MON MAN!

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