Former teacher’s aide charged with abusing preschooler

Photo: Traci Lawson

A Boone County former teacher’s aide has been arrested and charged with a felony count of battery involving the alleged treatment of a 4-year-old preschool student.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the arrest of 52-year-old Traci Lawson of Harrison follows law enforcement receiving a child abuse report following an incident on Jan. 28 at the Bergman ABC Preschool.

The report notes Lawson allegedly pulled and twisted the 4-year-old’s ears to the point of causing “bruising and scratch marks.”

In an interview at the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Lawson reportedly said she was attempting to calm the preschooler who was acting up. She told law enforcement the child head-butted her, and she “lost it.”

She allegedly admitted grabbing both of the child’s ears, twisting and pulling on them until he cried.

Bond for Lawson was set at $1,500, and she is set to appear in Boone County Circuit Court in March.

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