Westtown Township, Pennsylvania: Less than two months after 36-year-old Victoria Aronson was arrested for abusing toddlers, her supervisor has also been arrested and charged for failing to report the abuse.
"I think it's every parent's worst nightmare to find out that their child was abused at a day care and then to find out the person hurting your child had been acting aggressive for multiple days and the head of the day care knew that," Chad Maloney, an attorney representing the parents of three victims said.
The former director of Malvern School in Westtown, 39-year-old Tiffany Nichols has been arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of children and failure to report child abuse.
Nichols was arrested on Tuesday, December 7 and has been released from custody on $35,000 bail.
According to a timeline released by Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan, Nichols was first notified of the abuse on September 28, 2021 by an eyewitness. After several more contacts and statements concerning suspected abuse by Aronson, a report was finally made to the Childline on October 1 at 9:34 pm.
Despite the repeated concern over Aronson's actions, parents were never notified and she was not removed from the classroom until "late in the afternoon" on September 30, but still allowed her "limited access" to the children on the morning of October 1.
In her initial call to Childline on October 1, investigators state that Nichols failed to give an accurate report of the abuse and it wasn't until October 7 that the police were notified of the allegations.
"As the executive director and a mandated reporter, it was the legal and moral duty of Tiffany Nichols to ensure the safety and care of all children at The Malvern School. It is unconscionable that the defendant failed to protect these innocent, nonverbal, and defenseless young children. By not immediately notifying Childline, authorities, and the parents about her employee's actions, she allowed abuse to continue. This astonishing criminal behavior will never be tolerated," Ryan said.