School employees charged with injuring child

Published On: Mar 06 2013 06:46:28 PM CST
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HUMBLE, Texas -

Three school employees have been accused of abusing a girl for leaving class to use the restroom.

Laurence Grigsby, Jr., Aisha Mercer, and Marcus Mitchell were charged with injury to a child, authorities said.

All three work at Northwest Prepatory Charter School, where the alleged abuse happened.

According to police, the victim told police Mercer intercepted her in the hallway at school and twisted her left hand behind her back as she walked her back to her classroom. She said both Mitchell and Grigsby hurt her in the same way, police said.

“It’s alleged she had her arm bent behind her back and pressure applied so her armed went pretty high up on her shoulder blades,” said Det. Jackie Blanchard.

The little girl was already a victim of abuse or neglect, police said. According to officials, she was enrolled in the school by Child Protective Services, who had taken her away from her parents.

Blanchard said the victim has a follow up with a specialist.

“I’m not sure about the emotional condition, but physical condition is her arm still hurts,” said Blanchard.

The incident happened on February 15th. Sources said all three employees were still working at the school on Tuesday.

Local 2 tried to confirm the timeline with Nelson Greene, the dean of students.

“I’m not at liberty to discuss anything. We refer all inquiries to our corporate offices,” said Greene.

No one at the school’s corporate office in Houston responded to Local 2’s request for comment by the time the story aired.