Preschool teacher arrested for child abuse

Largo, Florida: 62-year-old Rebecca Bird hadn't even been employed at Aldersgate Christian Learning Center for a week before she was fired and arrested, charged with abuse of a 2-year-old.


On Monday, July 18, officers with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office received a call concerning possible abuse.


According to the statement issued by the sheriff's department, the school reviewed their surveillance footage and saw incidents where Bird allegedly "forcefully grabbed the victim several times and, in another incident, caused the victim to fall to the ground."


Bird was fired Monday morning and that evening, shortly after 4:00 pm, she was arrested.


She has been charged with one count of felony child abuse.


At this time, it is not  believed that there were any other victims, but the investigation is ongoing.


Tampa Bay Times reports that she has been released from custody after posting $5,000 bail.