Daycare employee arrested for burning toddlers with hot glue gun


A Chicago daycare worker was charged with five counts of aggravated battery to a child on Monday for allegedly burning five toddlers with a hot glue gun while another assistant stood by and laughed during the incident, without intervening, officials report.

Lizandra Cosme, 32, was arrested Sunday for burning three girls and two boys, aged 2, on Dec. 1, while working at the Children’s Learning Place in Chicago’s Logan Square. Another woman was also arrested: Susana Gonzalez, 27. She is being charged with five counts of causing the circumstance of endangering a child.

It is unclear how severe the injuries left on the toddlers were. However, prosecutors presented to the court a surveillance video where Cosme was seen squeezing the hot liquid on the toddlers’ arms and hands. The 32-year-old was watching 16 children at the time, and an assistant in the room allegedly laughed as she stood and watched the incident unfold.

“Each of the child victims winced and some whined at the hot glue gun application,” prosecutors said in court.

A mother notified the daycare center about burns she found on a child. Lissa Druss Christman, a spokeswoman for Children’s Learning Place, said the two employees had been immediately fired after officials were notified about the alleged incident.

“The well-being of our students is paramount,’’ Christman said in the statement. “Upon learning of the alleged incident, we notified DCFS immediately and terminated two of our employees.’’

Cosme appeared in court on Monday and is being held without bail. She is expected to return to court on Dec. 26.

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