- Kehren Saji dragged, dangled and threw toddlers as young as 14 months
- Crimes were exposed by CCTV footage taken at nursery
- Judge doesn’t jail her, despite branding children ‘vulnerable’
By SAM WEBB
PUBLISHED: 17:35, 2 October 2012 | UPDATED: 19:18, 2 October 2012
A nursery nurse who dragged a toddler across a mat like ‘a rag doll’, dangled others by their arm and threw a 17-month-old onto a mattress close to a radiator has avoided a prison sentence.
Kehren Sajid, of Handsworth in Birmingham, was today sentenced to a 12-month community order for five charges of common assault on four toddlers in the Winnie the Pooh playroom of the city’s Small Talk Nursery last year.
Judge Elizabeth Fisher told the 31-year-old: ‘By virtue of their age, the children were vulnerable victims.’
She added: ‘It is not surprising to learn that one of the mothers of the children concerned is angry at the way in which her child had been treated by you.
‘Nevertheless it is clear you are remorseful for what occurred, for the way in which you treated these young victims, your lack of nurture and care.
‘It is clear you need assistance as far as victim awareness is concerned.’
The crimes came to light after manager Rachel Barr saw CCTV footage of the assaults.
It showed Sajid throwing a 17-month-old girl onto a mattress, almost striking her head on a radiator, dragging a 14-month-old across a mat, and roughly hoisting two other toddlers into the air by one arm.
At an earlier hearing Miss Barr said Sajid treated the 14-month-old like a ‘rag doll’ and that she showed ‘no care or love or feeling towards the child’.
Sajid, a mother-of-three, said she had not intended to hurt any of the youngsters.
She added the treatment was ‘rough handling’ and it was unlikely Sajid, who is NVQ-qualified, would ever be employed looking after children again.