Local daycare owner re-indicted, additional charges added

Glenda Hammons. (McLennan County Jail photo)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A Robinson daycare owner who admitted to hurting a toddler after she was caught on camera, has been indicted on three counts of child abuse.

The McLennan County Grand Jury Wednesday returned indictments against Glenda Hammons, 81, of Robinson, charging she intentionally and knowingly caused serious mental deficiency, Impairment, or injury to a child, a first-degree felony, recklessly caused serious mental deficiency, impairment or injury to a child, a first-degree felony, and knowingly and intentionally caused bodily injury to a child, third-degree felony, according to the indictment document.

The first-degree felony charges carry a sentence of five to 99 years in prison.

In June, the McLennan County District Attorney's Office offered Hammons five years of deferred adjudication probation in exchange for a guilty plea to one count of injury to a child stemming from a 2018 incident, which another child at the daycare recorded on video.

However, last month a state district judge rejected the plea deal that would have allowed the conviction to be erased from her record had she successfully completed probation.

Hammons was arrested in August 2018 and was first indicted in May after the 9-year-old who recorded the incident using a tablet showed the video to his mother.

The child's mother sent the video to the toddler’s parents and they reported the incident to Robinson police.

In the video, Hammons can be seen holding the then 21-month-old boy up by both arms and tossing him onto a hardwood floor, later dragging him across the floor by one leg as he cries.

"After she shakes the boy she slaps the back and side of his head roughly six times while saying 'put 'em on the floor dadgummit mind me! Your'e being hateful today!'" according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Hammons admitted to doing something wrong and told Robinson investigators that she deserved to be punished, according to the affidavit.

The victim's mother says her son was later diagnosed with PTSD, which a district attorney spokesman says supports the two of the three charges they presented to the grand jury Wednesday morning.

Tom Needham says the third charge, recklessly causing mental anguish to a child, was for the 9-year-old who witnessed and recorded the incident.

Since Oct. of 1989, Hammons had permitted to operate a "Registered Child-Care Home" in Robinson until March when the daycare was shutdown by the state following its own investigation of the alleged child abuse, according to the Child Care Licensing (CCL) division of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

She can't apply for another permit until Spring 2024.