HOUSTON - A Houston man is accused of kicking and stomping on a little boy during a summer camp program at the Harriet and Joe Foster YMCA.
Robert Jackson is charged with felony injury to a child.
The alleged incident happened in July at the YMCA located at 1234 W. 34th Street.
"We took immediate action. The employee was terminated and we notified the parents," said Trazanna Moreno, spokesperson for the YMCA of Greater Houston.
Jackson, who began working for the YMCA in 2009 was terminated after an investigation.
According to court documents, another camp counselor reported that she saw the boy asking everyone to play with him. When he got to Jackson, the camp leader told the child he didn't want to play.
The witness says she saw the child fall to the ground and then saw Jackson kicking the boy once on the side of his stomach, which made him roll over.
The child later told authorities that Jackson kicked him five times on his right side and stomped on him twice.
The child complained of an upset stomach and sustained injuries due to the defendant's kicking and stomping on him.
"The YMCA of Greater Houston takes care of thousands of children every day. Any incident like this one would be isolated," said Moreno.
Jackson passed a criminal background check before he was hired and was required to undergo in-depth training on child abuse prevention.
Moreno told Local 2 that no one had every complained about Jackson before the July incident was reported.
Jackson's bail was set at $5,000.
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