Four daycare teachers arrested in connection to allegations of abuse, neglect of young children at the daycare

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WESTPORT, Conn. (WTNH) – Four teachers at a local daycare have been arrested in connection to an investigation into alleged abuse and/or neglect of infants at the daycare.

According to Westport police, it was alleged that a teacher at Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Program moved infants in her classroom in an aggressive manner, kicked a ball at some of the babies, and left the children crying for extended periods of time.

An extensive investigation was conducted and police say evidence supporting the allegations was purportedly obtained.

The teacher was identified as 44-year-old Suzette Virgo. Westport police said an extensive investigation was conducted and evidence supporting the allegations was obtained.

On Dec. 17, Virgo turned herself in at the Westport Police Department after a warrant was signed by a judge. She was charged with risk of injury to a child.

Virgo was released after posting a $50,000 bond and will be arraigned in January.

During the investigation, police obtained evidence that led to three daycare center staff members, Ayshia Jaeger (41), Ridhita Gupta (42), and Kelleigh Cantiello (24), who were allegedly made aware of the possible abuse/neglect but failed to make a report to the Department of Children and Family Services.

Warrants for their arrests were completed and signed by a superior court judge.

Police say the three women turned themselves in when they learned about their arrest warrants.

Jaeger, Gupta, and Cantiello were each charged with failure to report abuse or neglect by a mandated reporter and were released after posting a $25,000 bond.

Gupta is scheduled to be arraigned at Stamford Superior Court on Dec. 30. Jaeger is scheduled to be arranged at Stamford Superior Court on Jan. 5. Cantiello is scheduled to be arraigned at Stamford Superior Court on Jan. 4.

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