Okemah, OK — Two daycare workers in Oklahoma are facing child abuse charges after they were caught on tape feeding habanero hot sauce to a 13-month-old boy, then laughing at him as he cried in pain.
Rosie Hicks, 49, and Tracy Owens, 36, were arrested after Department of Human Services workers informed police that they had received a report of a boy being abused at the Muscogee Creek Nation Child Development Center.
Investigators were able to retrieve surveillance video from the day care that captured the two workers intentionally putting habanero sauce into a child’s lunch and then feeding it to him as he sat in a high chair. Shortly after the boy starts eating, he begins crying from the pain while Hicks can be seen laughing.
After both women were brought in to be interviewed by police, Owens would admit that she bought the bottle of habanero hot sauce at the request of Hicks and watched as her co-worker put some of the hot sauce into the boy’s lunch before Owens put the plate in front of the boy.
Rosie Hicks would admit to giving the boy the hot sauce and laughing while he cried, saying she knew it was wrong but that she did it “because of the stress she was under at work.” She also admitted to making the boy fall while he was holding on to a table and didn’t apologize afterwards or help him get up.
Both Tracey Owens and Rosie Hicks were arrested and charged with felony child abuse. Owens was released on $10,000 bail and Hicks was released on $20,000 bail.Tags: Child Abuse, Crime, day care, hot sauce, Oklahoma