Day care teacher convicted of cruelty in ‘baby fight club’

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — A Virginia day care teacher who turned her classroom into what a prosecutor called a “baby fight club” has been convicted on more than a dozen criminal charges.

A Prince William County judge Wednesday convicted 31-year-old Sarah Jordan of Woodbridge on 13 felony and misdemeanor counts, including child cruelty, and assault and battery. She was found not guilty on four counts.

Jordan was the lead teacher in a Minnieland Academy classroom of 1-year-old children in Woodbridge.

Witnesses testified that Jordan intentionally tripped children, encouraged them to fight each other and sprayed them in the face with a hose.

Jordan testified Wednesday in her own defense and denied the accusations. She said she occasionally used the hose to sprinkle kids with water but never tried to hurt them.

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