One Arizona daycare worker has surrendered to police, while two others were arrested, after video surfaced of the staff members playing with a sex toy on Oct. 9 and letting the children under their care touch the object.
Det. Seth Taylor told Global News that Gabriella Del Carmen Garci, 25, surrendered on Wednesday.
She’s facing four counts of “furnishing harmful items to minors,” after video showed a daycare worker committing acts with a sex toy, according to officials.
Fatina Saywer, 24, was arrested after police went to her mother’s home. Her mother told officials her daughter was one of the staff members involved in the incident.
Pending charges for Saywer include one count of furnishing harmful items to minors, one count of luring a minor for sexual exploitation and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor.
In a press release by the Chandler Police Department, officials said they were contacted on Monday after a “disturbing video” involving daycare workers and children was seen on social media.
According to NBC affiliate, KPNX, the incident was recorded and uploaded to the popular social media app, Snapchat.
“The reporting person was a third-party who saw the video…detectives from the Department’s Special Victim’s Unit (SVU) have identified the woman in the video committing the acts with the sex toy,” the statement read.
In the video, multiple staff members could be seen handling the plastic phallic sex toy, and even allowing a young boy to play with the item as well.
Parents said they were livid by what happened.
“What makes you think that’s all right to do?” said one parent during an interview to KPNX.
Another parent said she thought the teachers should be charged.
“They should definitely go to jail and be prosecuted,” the woman said.
According to azcentral.com, the child care centre, SuperKids day care, released a statement reading in part:
“It has been brought to our attention that some teachers behaved inappropriately yesterday at our child care center. We immediately contacted the police and state authorities about this incident…the teachers involved in this incident have been terminated effective immediately…we will take appropriate measures that this type of incident won’t happen again in the future.”
The Chandler Police Department arrested Janae Peterson, 21, on Oct. 10 for failure to report after she was identified as watching two of her co-workers play with the sex toy in the video.
Peterson has since been released.