LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE 3)– A bus monitor for Jefferson County Public Schools is facing assault charges after he allegedly struck a 4-year-old girl in the face with his open hand.
67-year-old Daniel Barry was arrested Thursday afternoon on an outstanding warrant.
A warrant obtained by WAVE 3 News states that in mid-January, Barry was working as a monitor on a JCPS bus when a 4-year-old girl refused to stay in the seat to which he assigned her.
When she got up the first time, officers said Barry “guided” her to the seat. The second time, he picked the girl up under her arms and “tossed” her in the seat. The third time, Barry “pushed” the girl back into the seat. When the girl tried to get up again, the warrant says Barry lifted her higher than before and “dropped her into the seat.”
At that point, police said Barry sat with the girl for a moment. When he moved back to his original seat, the police report says the girl “put her head partially into the aisle.”
That’s when police said Barry hit the girl in the face.
Police say they were able to verify what happened through surveillance video on the bus.
Barry faces one count of fourth-degree assault — child abuse. He is being held without bond until his arraignment in court Friday morning.