MYRTLE BEACH — A Myrtle Beach woman is out on bond and out of a job following allegations of harm to infant children at an area preschool.
The charges came after parents contacted Myrtle Beach police on Sept. 21, to report that a teacher at their child’s preschool had harmed their infant daughter and may have hurt other children.
Boggs, 46, turned herself in to police on Thursday about 6:30 a.m. She was released the same day on $150,000 personal recognizance bond. A judge also ordered her not to contact the families of the victims and not to work at a daycare center or babysit children other than her own. According to a Myrtle Beach booking report, Boggs has no dependents.
Police immediately launched an investigation at the Ocean View Baptist Church Teaching and Learning Center at 7300 North Kings Highway following the report from Sept. 21.
The S.C. Department of Social Services, where the church-operated preschool is registered, had launched an investigation into the allegations on Sept. 19, said spokeswoman Marilyn Matheus.
The out of home abuse and neglect unit with DSS is investigating, she said, but declined comment on whether the teacher or the school is being scrutinized.
Boggs no longer works at the school, said Everett B. Douglas, missional pastor with Ocean View Baptist Church, in a statement released Thursday.
Douglas said the “primary concern is and always has been the safety and health of the children,” but declined further comment.
Boggs has no prior convictions according to a State Law Enforcement Division records check, and Myrtle Beach police have no records of prior arrests.
In the initial complaint, the parents said Boggs had used excessive force to restrain a young girl during nap time at the school.
The alleged abuse, according to a press release from Myrtle Beach police, was in the 1 year old classroom.
Lt. Doug Furlong, with Myrtle Beach police, said police learned through the investigation the alleged abuse started late in late August and continued until police were notified about a week ago.
Furlong said Boggs has been accused of holding the children down.
According to the DSS website the Teaching Learning Center previously had two regulatory complaints filed in May 2010, one for improper supervision and another for enrollment being out of ratio. More specific details of those complaints were not available, but both were resolved.
Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381.