Aronson, 36, was charged with several counts of aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, simple assault, and related offenses, the Chester County District Attorney’s Office said.
She was arrested and released on a $50,000 bond after her arraignment, and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 8.
Victoria Aronson Accused of Beating Children
The District Attorney’s Office said it first became aware of allegations against Aronson on Oct. 7, after an eyewitness contacted the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police.
According to court documents, Aronson was observed using “unreasonable force” on three children in her daycare class on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30.
“In one instance,” investigators wrote, “[Victoria Aronson] grabbed a victim who was crying by her upper arms and slammed her onto a wooden changing table, then held the child’s torso down with one arm while yelling and cursing at her.”
Then, authorities said, Aronson “grabbed another child and did the same thing before slamming both children onto the floor and yelled at them again.”
Eyewitnesses told police that Aronson “screamed” that the children should stop crying and told them to “shut the f— up.”
Even more disturbingly, one witness told investigators she saw Aronson “hold one of the victims in a headlock position, causing the victim’s head to hit the door,” according to the complaint.
In another incident, police were told, Aronson slammed a child to the ground outside “with such force that the child began to cry.”
One of the victims in the alleged incidents required medical treatment for bruising “and a cut under the eye,” prosecutors wrote.
“Parents place enormous trust in the people who care for their children, and when that is broken, it has lasting effects on families and the community,” said District Attorney Deb Ryan in a statement Tuesday. “The defendant’s callous treatment of three toddlers was abusive and criminal, and my office will seek justice for the victims. People who work with children have a legal and moral responsibility to report any abuse and we will hold those accountable for failing to protect any children.”
The investigation is reportedly ongoing.
‘Every Parent’s Worst Nightmare’
Aronson reportedly worked in the Westtown Malvern School’s “First Steps” room for children between 12 and 18 months old. The specific ages of her alleged victims have not been released.
It is not clear how long Victoria Aronson was employed at the school.
Debra Martin, the Director of Operations for the Malvern School, reportedly told parents that the school has a “zero tolerance policy” with regards to abusive behavior, in an undated email statement obtained by Daily Local.
“The well-being of our students at The Malvern School is, and always will be, our number one priority,” she wrote. “We were devastated to learn that one of our former employees was not conducting themselves in line with this commitment. In addition to terminating the employee and communicating with the individuals affected, we swiftly alerted the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and supported the ensuing investigation with the best interests of our children and families at heart.”
According to its Facebook page, the Malvern School is a “private early childhood education company” founded in 1998 with 27 locations throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The Westtown location appears to have opened in spring 2020.
Lawyers representing the alleged victims and their families called the situation “every parent’s worst nightmare.”
“The families we represent trusted this facility to safely care for their adorable toddlers, but that simply did not happen,” said attorney Chad Maloney. “We look forward to uncovering how this abuse was allowed to occur, so that we can ensure it never happens again.”