NY daycare owners charged with assault, endangering welfare of child

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HENRIETTA, N.Y. (WROC) — The owners of a Henrietta daycare have been arrested after a child was injured at their business over the summer.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office officials announced Wednesday that 37-year-old Shannon Johnson and her husband, 40-year-old John Johnson, both Rochester residents and owners of Kiddie City Daycare, are facing charges in connection to an incident in which a 1-year-old child at their business suffered physical injuries.

“While in the care of the daycare center, a child suffered bruising to her body while in the care of Shannon Johnson,” said Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Investigator David Bolton.

Shannon is charged with two counts of second degree assault, a Class D felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a Class A misdemeanor. She was arraigned in Henrietta Town Court and was sent to the Monroe County Jail, but she’s since been bailed out.

In a preliminary Court hearing Wednesday, Shannon Johnson pleaded not guilty to all counts. Her lawyer said they are prepared to go to court.

“She remains not guilty of all charges. We look forward to going to court and handling those charges on her behalf. She’s had no arrests in her life and she’s been a law-abiding citizen her entire life,” said Yousef Taha, a lawyer representing Johnson.

John was charged with endangering the welfare of a child for a separate incident, involving a different child at the day care. He was issued an appearance ticket.

“These types of incidents happen at daycares, but they aren’t frequent,” Bolton said. “For the most part, the daycares in the community are pretty good.”

The daycare has been closed since August 30, the day that authorities became involved.

Officials say this investigation is ongoing and anyone with information in connection to the case is asked to call 911.

“If you had a child that was being watched at the daycare or was being watched by Shannon Johnson, we would take that phone call,” Bolton said.

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