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Frederick YMCA worker fired for "inappropriate treatment" of child

July 10, 2008

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- The Frederick County YMCA says it has fired an employee after reviewing videotape showing what the organization calls "inappropriate treatment" of a child.

The firing follows accusations by a mother that the worker kicked and punched her 2-year-old son.

The YMCA hasn't identified the fired worker or provided details about the incident.

Chief Executive Officer Daria Putnam-Steinhardt says the female employee had worked at the Child Development Center in Frederick for a little over two years.

The boy's mother, Rebecca King, tells the newspaper that a YMCA Child Development Center worker gave her son a "time-out" on June 27, and then kicked him, hit him in the head with a book or bag, and punched him in the stomach.

YMCA officials say they notified Child Protective Services about the videotape and police are investigating.

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