Coal County teacher's aid arrested for child abuse

COAL COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - A Coal County preschooler is bruised, ans a teacher's aid is suspended after she's accused of dragging a five year old year down a hallway, and hitting her with a paddle.

Court documents state on November 12th, the five-year-old girl left the bathroom without washing her hands. After the little girl crossed her arms and refused to wash them, documents state Sheila Ann Ray grabbed the little girl's arm and dragged her through a crowded hallway and into a classroom.

Once inside the classroom, alone, court documents state Ray reprimanded her, and got in her face. Then, documents describe how ray used a ping pong paddle to spank the girl. Documents say the incident lasted about five minutes. Ray was arrested on Thursday, December 5th for a felony of child abuse.

Cottonwood superintendent John Daniel emailed a statement to News 12, stating the District is aware of the allegations involving one of their pre-k staff members, but say student safety is a top priority, and steps have been taken to insure everyone is protected.

Daniel confined that Ray is on administrative leave.