49-year-old Crawford Lionel Ellis of 4th Avenue S.W. in Hickory has been charged by a Burke County School Resource Officer with assault on a child under 12.
Ellis, a part-time after school daycare employee, was charged Monday (October 9) after he allegedly struck a nine-year-old in the face with his fist while at Icard Elementary School.
Burke County Public Schools conducted an internal investigation and the parents were informed. The Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office also conducted its own investigation, with the full cooperation of the school system. Ellis’ employment was immediately terminated.
Ellis was processed at the Burke County Magistrate’s Office and then released on a written promise to appear in District Court on November 1.
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