SCHERTZ, TX — A Schertz daycare worker will not face criminal charges for assault despite school bus surveillance video that showed her slapping a 13-year-old girl with severe intellectual disability, then slapping her dragging her on the floor of the bus earlier this year.
Lori Doores, 55, was under investigation shortly after the April 27 incident aboard a Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District bus.
A nearly two-minute video clip obtained by KSAT Investigates shows Doores boarding the bus just after 5 p.m. and telling the child to get up “right now” and that she’s “going to be in trouble.”
After Doores repeatedly slaps herself on her wrist, Jaylyn, who has 1p36 deletion syndrome and was recently diagnosed with autism, hits Doores twice.
The footage then shows Doores using his right hand to slap Jaylyn in the face before telling her, “You’re not doing this to me, because I’m going to hit you back, right?”
Moments later, with Jaylyn now seated near the steps to exit the bus, Doores grabs the girl by the left ankle and pulls her up the steps.
Jaylyn then exits the bus and walks barefoot on the sidewalk to the daycare center, Mary’s Little Lambs in the 1200 block of Oak Street, while holding hands with Doores.
“There was no need for her to get off the bus that way. If they couldn’t pick her up or get her off the bus, they should have contacted me,” Jaylyn’s mother Marisela said. Gutierrez.
Jaylyn’s chromosomal disorder prevents her from speaking and she also has seizures as a result.
Via email, Doores declined to comment for this story.
Video sparks investigation into daycare
Gutierrez said she was contacted by SCUCID’s transportation department after the incident and allowed to view the footage.
A SCUCIDD spokeswoman confirmed this week that the bus monitor on board at the incident reported what happened to his immediate supervisor.
Gutierrez said after viewing the footage, she reported Doores to Schertz police and state child custody investigators.
A subsequent investigation by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission on April 28, a day after the incident, found four shortcomings at the daycare, all related to Doores’ actions.
The investigation found that the facility’s director failed to hold caregivers accountable when they failed to meet proper standards of discipline and guidance.
The daycare was also cited for Doores not showing self-control and for using harsh and inappropriate language towards a child with special needs.
The fourth deficiency indicates that Doores punched the child in the face with an open hand and that his decision to grab the child’s ankle to try to get her off the bus could have resulted in serious injury, according to HHSC records.
Mary’s Little Lambs was also cited in late January 2020 after a caregiver wrapped her arm around a child’s neck as the child suffered a temper tantrum, according to state records.
An HHSC spokeswoman confirmed this week that Mary’s Little Lambs is now on a voluntary action plan that is expected to last through January 2023.
Court dismisses misdemeanor charge
Schertz police officials confirmed this week that Doores will not face criminal charges for the incident.
A detective handling the case noted that she believed Doores made contact with Jaylyn’s face, but the case could only be classified as a misdemeanor Class C assault by contact, as no apparent bodily harm had not occurred.
Had Jaylyn suffered an injury, the case could have been filed as a felony of injury to a disabled person.
The misdemeanor case was forwarded by Schertz PD to the city court, which later dismissed it, a Schertz city official confirmed this week.
Barbara Niemietz, the manager of Mary’s Little Lambs, told KSAT Investigates by phone this week that Doores quit earlier this year after being kept away from children and forced to work in the kitchen.
Doores had worked at the facility for three years, Niemietz said.
Niemietz said Jaylyn attended daycare for nine years.
“It’s a handful,” said Niemietz, who added that she “will never take a handicap again.”
“Maybe she didn’t know there were cameras, but to do it outdoors in front of two people, what did you do when no one was watching?” Gutierrez said, referring to Doores. “That’s what breaks me every night, still to this day, for the past four months. I think about it: what was she going through inside the nursery?
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