Daycare worker arrested for injuring child

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Detectives with the Bossier City Police Department’s Juvenile Unit arrested a Bossier City daycare worker Thursday in connection with an incident last week that injured a child.

Amanda Marie Swanner, 25, of Shreveport was arrested on a charge of cruelty to a juvenile. The charge stems from an incident that occurred at the Bellarie Baptist Church Learning Center in the 1200 block of Bellaire Boulevard in Bossier City.
Amanda Marie Swanner, 25, of Shreveport was arrested on a charge of cruelty to a juvenile. The charge stems from an incident that occurred at the Bellarie Baptist Church Learning Center in the 1200 block of Bellaire Boulevard in Bossier City.

Amanda Marie Swanner, 25, of Shreveport was arrested on a charge of cruelty to a juvenile. The charge stems from an incident that occurred at the Bellarie Baptist Church Learning Center in the 1200 block of Bellaire Boulevard in which Swanner pulled a sleeping mat from under a 5-year old boy.

According to the investigation the boy was lying on the mat at the time and had placed the mat’s elastic straps around his neck and hands. When the mat was pulled away, the straps pulled across the boy’s throat and neck with such force that it caused a bruise and burn mark on his neck.

The incident reportedly occurred on January 8, 2015. Police began their investigation after the child’s parents filed a complaint with the Bossier City Police Department later that same day.

Swanner was placed under arrest at the Bossier City Police Department and booked into the Bossier City Jail. Bond has not yet been set.