A child care worker from Huntington was arraigned yesterday morning after allegedly pushing a 17-year-old disabled girl, grabbing her arm and dragging her across the floor during an argument.
The incident happened at SCO Family of Services in Sea Cliff about 5:50 p.m. on May 15, when an argument escalated between Reneisha Goodridge, 27, and the teen, who was under her care, according to Nassau County police.
The girl suffered a bruised eye, scratched neck and swollen lip from the altercation and was treated at the scene, police said.
Goodridge was charged with endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person. At her arraignment in First District Court in Hempstead, she pleaded not guilty, according to her attorney, Scott Cerbin of Brooklyn. He said his client was just doing her job and committed no crime.
“She restrained a child that was acting out. There’s no crime here,” Cerbin said outside court. “She got bit by the child. She’s being made a scapegoat. This is an agency that’s had its share of problems.”
Goodridge’s bail was set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond. She is due back in court on Tuesday.
The child care center had conducted an internal investigation and on Friday alerted police about the incident.
Later that day, Goodridge voluntarily surrendered to detectives in Huntington.
The SCO “immediately suspended Ms. Goodridge and then fired her following an internal review,” an official with the organization said.