On February 7th, the Bradenton Police Department joined Child Protective Services in response to a call from G.D. Rogers Garden-Bullock Elementary School in reference to allegations of a child abuse incident involving a paraprofessional and a student at the school. Detectives responded to the school, and once there they viewed surveillance video of the school’s playground and children at recess, which showed the paraprofessional interacting with a young student who has nonverbal autism. The paraprofessional used a heavy rubber play ball to strike the five-year-old student with enough force that the student was knocked backwards into a chain-link fence. The paraprofessional retrieved the ball and threw it at the child twice more. He then used the ball’s handle to strike the child in the head, teased the child with the threat of a harder throw, and threw it a final time. The child was visibly upset and crying before the ball was first thrown. The child’s teacher, who had been sitting nearby, witnessed the event and did not intervene, nor did she report the incident.
A school employee in the immediate vicinity witnessed the event and notified the school’s administration. Administration contacted the Florida Abuse Hotline, who then reached out to Manatee County Child Protective Services.
BPD Detectives arrested the paraprofessional, 40-year-old Ellenton resident Quintin Bradley, for child abuse without great harm. During subsequent interviewing, Mr. Bradley admitted to the allegations and stated he did it because the child wouldn’t stop crying. Detectives have also been working with the State Attorney’s Office since and are considering future charges against the child’s teacher, 58-year-old Bradenton resident Vicki Hampton, to include Failure to Report, due to the fact she witnessed the event and did not act or report.
If anyone has any information on this case, please contact Detective Michael Page at (941) 932-9314. You may also email your information to CRIMETIPS@CITYOFBRADENTON.COM or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000, call Crime Stoppers (toll-free) at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous E-Tip through the web at www.manateecrimestoppers.com.