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Md. 'Y' worker cites stress in documents in child abuse case

July 12, 2008|By DAVID DISHNEAU

FREDERICK, Md. - A fired YMCA worker charged with abusing a 2-year-old boy told police she was overwhelmed by her job and that the unruly boy needed to be disciplined, according to court documents released Friday.

Amanda M. Markoe, 21, of Frederick, faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of second-degree child abuse and second-degree assault. She was fired July 2 from her job at the Frederick County YMCA's Child Development Center.

Frederick police announced the charges Thursday.

Neither Markoe nor her lawyer, Thomas P. Stinton, immediately returned calls.

The altercation on June 27 apparently stemmed from the boy's refusal to relinquish an object.

Officer Adam Anderson wrote in charging documents that the boy kicks at Markoe but misses. She pushes him away with her forearm. He kicks at her again, and again she pushes him away.

He runs off but she catches him by the arm, drags him to the floor and takes something from his hand, according to the court records.

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The boy then goes to a table and sweeps Legos onto the floor. There is another chase, and another capture.

At that point, Anderson wrote, Markoe hoisted the boy off the ground by his wrists, carried him across the room and "slammed" him into a chair so hard that "the chair moved backwards."

A minute later, she kicked him four times in the left foot and slapped him in the forehead with a plastic baggie filled with action figures, Anderson wrote.

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