Employee arrested, accused of punching toddler at North Fort Myers day care

Reporter: Breana Ross Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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Suzanne Alcock, 45. Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

A toddler was punched in the head twice at a day care, and a parent says she saw the whole thing happen.

Thursday, Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrested Suzanne Alcock, 45, at her home after a witness said she spanked a 2-year-old girl three times at Deana’s Country Kids in North Fort Myers and punched her in the head twice.

Deputies say a witness went and told Deana Campbell, the owner of Deana’s Country Kids, right away, and she did not waste any time. Campbell called 911, the little girl’s foster mother and the Department of Children and Families.

“No corporal punishment is acceptable whatsoever,” Campbell said.

Campbell hired Alcock roughly a month ago. She told deputies she had excellent reviews, so she’s shocked and saddened by the accusations against Alcock.

“I’ve been here at this location for 17 years, and this is the first time I ever had an incident in this situation,” Campbell said. “I am a child that slipped through the cracks. That’s why I do what I do today, to watch out for those children.”

Campbell told us the toddler is doing OK Friday.

Alcock faces a charge for cruelty toward a child and has since bonded out of Lee County Jail.

Parents such as Brianne Olsen say that quick response is why she plans to keep her kids enrolled.

“For her to show her true colors and Mrs. Deana to take action as soon as needed, I will absolutely keep my kids here,” Olsen said.

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