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LI teacher’s aide injured special-needs child during attempted feeding, authorities say

Alexandra Chmil, who was an aide at Hagedorn

Alexandra Chmil, who was an aide at Hagedorn Little Village School in Seaford and is accused of mistreating a young girl with disabilities, leaves after her arraignment at Nassau District Court in Hempstead on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A Garden City woman was arrested Friday in connection with an injury to a special-needs child that occurred last May.

Alexandra Chmil, 25, of 84 Third St., surrendered to Second Precinct Detectives in Woodbury and was charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a disabled person, a class E felony.

Detectives say a 39-year-old mother of a nonverbal 9-year-old child noticed redness and swelling on her daughter’s face after she arrived home May 2 from Hagedorn Little Village School at 750 Hicksville Rd. in Seaford.

They say the mother saw the girl’s face turn black and blue around her mouth and took her to a physician for evaluation.

On May 11, the mother viewed a video of her daughter in her classroom showing Chmil, a teacher’s aide, violently jerking the little girl’s head “and wiping her face abruptly with paper towels,” authorities said.

According to the felony complaint, Chmil injured the child while attempting to feed her.

Bail for Chmil was set at $25,000. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 12.

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