A woman accused of child abuse in Lexington, South Carolina, faces additional charges. The woman appeared before a court on Friday, August 6th. 23-year-old Breanna Marie Audette faces nearly three dozen more counts.
The Irmo resident will answer to 35 new counts of unlawful conduct towards a child. The act involved 30 children aged between 10 months and 5-years-old. Last month, South Carolina prosecutors slammed her with a 14-count charge for assaulting children at a church-affiliated daycare and after-school care center. An administrator with the Harvest Daycare and Afterschool on Whiteford Way reported the case on July 12th to the Lexington Police Department and South Carolina Department of Social Services, and the police launched an investigation into child abuse in Lexington.
Video footage showed the accused aggressively grabbing several children and slamming them by the arm, neck, and face. In one incident, Audette pushed a child to the ground. The police arrested her on July 15th and placed her in Lexington County Detention Center on a $14,000 bond.
Over a dozen parents attended her bond hearing on Friday. During the hearing, the court set her bond at $70,000 because of the new charges. In addition, they restricted Audette from having contact with the victims and their families and no unsupervised contact with children. She must also follow the SCDSS plan for her children and not be within 100 yards of places where children gather.
The Harvest Daycare and Afterschool administrators are cooperating with the Lexington Police Department and the South Carolina Department of Social Services in the investigation. The 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office will prosecute the case.
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