A child caregiver from the Goddard School of Wilton in Connecticut faces charges of first-degree assault and risk of injury to a child due to head trauma inflicted on a 6-month old infant. However, this was not the first time she was fired for similar accusations.
In July of 2019, Amy Tingets was fired from the Children’s Day School in Greenwich, Connecticut, due to reports of abusive treatment toward the infants. This included allegations of forcefully pressing their heads into their cots when they awoke early. The Office of Early Childhood investigated the incident, but it progressed no further.
Tingets then applied for a job with the Goddard School in a nearby town and was offered a job nine days later. Though a background check was performed, the OEC investigation did not appear. The school’s owner interviewed Tingets; however, the school did not check for a reference from the Greenwich school.
Less than two years later, Tingets has been arrested and is facing charges due to severe head trauma inflicted on an infant in her care. This demonstrates why it is critical for employers, especially in positions caring for vulnerable populations, to perform a complete pre-employment screening on all potential candidates.