According to a report filed by Murray County Sheriff’s Office deputy Darrell Summey, on Saturday, Aug. 9, he was dispatched to the lobby of the Murray County Jail to meet with the alleged victim’s mother.
She showed Summey a video that had been taken on a cell phone by another child who goes to the day care, Karen’s Kidz Family Day Care Home located at 712 Highway 225 South in Chatsworth.
Summey reported that the video showed the 45-year-old Underwood attempting to feed the boy.
“During this time, I observed (juvenile name withheld) refusing the food,” Summey reported. “Ms. Underwood would then tilt his chin back so that (the alleged victim) would not spit his food out of his mouth and tell him ‘no no.’ After several times of this, Ms. Underwood appeared to get upset and slapped (the boy) in the face.”
Summey also reported that the boy’s mother said the girl who took the video said that Underwood has previously shoved other children against the wall.
According to Detective Andy Dill there were no visible marks or signs of injury on the boy.
Underwood turned herself into the jail Tuesday afternoon and was charged with simple battery which is a misdemeanor.
Underwood was released on a $2,000 property bond.
According to Underwood’s Facebook page, she is state licensed for day care work and has operated in that business for more than 13 years.
Dill also said that Underwood reported the incident to the state officials involved with day care licensing.