On October 28, 2020, the Dothan Police Department was made aware of allegations of child abuse by a former daycare worker at a local daycare. The Special Investigations Unit began an investigation into the allegations. The results of the investigation revealed the employee, Candeline Hyde, became frustrated with children in her class when they would not follow her instructions. As a result of her frustration, Hyde caused injuries to at least six children, some of which were special needs children, using what is commonly referred to as “pressure points” on the neck and shoulder area.
The daycare facility began to look into the allegations when several parents noticed unexplained bruising and injuries to the children. Once the daycare facility were made aware of the allegations, they terminated Hyde from her position and notified authorities. The alleged abuse occurred between August 2020 and October 2020. More charges are possible.
Candelin Patrice Hyde (36) of Dothan was charged with six counts of Aggravated Child Abuse of a Child less than Six Years Old. Hyde’s bonds total $360,000.