Raleigh day care worker facing child abuse charges

Shante Nicole Atwater (Courtesy: Raleigh-Wake City-County Bureau of Identification)

A Raleigh day care worker is facing child abuse charges after she allegedly pushed a 3-year-old girl causing the child to fall.

It happened on August 25 and was reported to Raleigh police on Friday, officials told ABC11.

Authorities have charged Shante Nicole Atwater of Raleigh with intentional child abuse causing serious physical injury. The 31-year-old was listed as a caretaker at The Childcare Network, according to court documents.

Officials said the charges stemmed from evidence that Atwater pushed the toddler causing her to fall into a chair.

The fall caused a laceration to the girl's forehead requiring three stitches, according to arrest warrants.

Atwater is slated to appear in court Tuesday.

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