Missouri teacher charged with child abuse against student

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MARIONVILLE, Mo (AP) -

A southwest Missouri teacher has been charged with pulling a 4-year-old boy off the ground with so much force that it left bruises.

Forty-two-year-old Kimberly Daniels, of Clever, was arrested last week and charged with child abuse and hindering prosecution. She is free on bond and has been placed on paid leave.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the boy, in just his eighth day of school, was on the playground of the Marionville school district with his older sister for the first time in June and started crying because he wanted to stay with her and not go to the outfield as directed by Daniels. Three children told authorities that Daniels grabbed the boy by his upper arm and dragged him.

Court records say Daniels initially told a deputy that the boy was hitting other children and she intervened when he refused to stop.