Day care workers allegedly force fed infants on Long Island: police

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Sarah Dawber, left, and Kathleen White Culver are accused of abusing babies at Long Island's Side By Side Day Care, where they worked, police said. (Photo: Southampton Police Department)

Sarah Dawber, left, and Kathleen White Culver are accused of abusing babies at Long Island’s Side By Side Day Care, where they worked, police said. (Photo: Southampton Police Department)

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Two Long Island day care center workers are accused of physically abusing infants and toddlers in their care by allegedly force feeding the children, pushing them and slamming them on the floor.

During an on-site visit Sept. 28, detectives handcuffed teachers Kathleen Culver, 33, and Sarah M. Dawber, 23. The pair worked in the infant room tending to children ranging from 4 months old to 18 months old at the Side By Side Day Care, located at 502 North Sea Road in Southampton, police said.

An 18-month-old child vomited from forced feeding, allegedly at the hands of their teacher, police said. No other injuries have been reported.

Culver and Dawber were charged with endangering the welfare of a child, police said.

The investigation was conducted by Southampton police along with the New York State Office of Children and family Services and Suffolk County Child Protective Services who were looking into allegations of abuse at the day care.

Detectives are asking any parents and guardians of children who have attended the day care if they have any information that may aid in the continuing investigation at 631-702-2230.