Teacher pushed, shoved, dropped and threw things at little kids, cops say
Authorities say a teacher at a childcare center repeatedly abused students under 2 years old — pushing them to the floor, throwing objects at them and even dropping them.
Shara R. Goldstein abused four children, the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office said this week in announcing charges of endangering the welfare of a child and child abuse.
It said Woodcliff police learned on Feb. 9 that last month, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Institutional Abuse Investigation Unit was contacted regarding an allegation of children being abused by one of the teachers at KinderCare Learning Center.
The prosecutor's office and police department found that Goldstein had been observed on several instances abusing the children, the prosecutor's office said.
It wasn't immediately clear in an announcement why police first learned of the allegation in February, or who had seen the abuse.
NorthJersey.com reported, citing a criminal complaint, Goldstein is accused of pushing a 22-month-old boy in the chest and throwing plastic blocks at him, striking him in the head. She also allegedly lifting an 18-month-girl three feet off the ground by her wrists before throwing her into a chair, pulling another 18-month-girl by the arm, and screaming curses at an 18-month old boy who'd urinated on the floor before pushing him in the chest.
Bail has been set at $50,000 with no 10 percent option. Goldstein is also barred from having contact with any of the alleged victims, or with any other child under 5 years old.