Daycare Worker Charged with Child Abuse

NEWS RELEASE 17-187
Bolton, Cheryl

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office charged a Venice daycare worker with Child Abuse after she slapped a 9-month-old child under her care.

Detectives began their investigation in April after allegations were made that Cheryl Ann Bolton, DOB 09/06/1946, slapped the infant while working at a daycare facility in the 1400 block of Center Road. Working in conjunction with the Department of Children and Families, photos were taken of the infant’s injuries showing red marks on his face, consistent with being struck by an open hand. During interviews, Bolton admitted to being frustrated while changing the infant’s diaper.

Bolton, of 28243 Pablo Picasso Drive, Englewood, is charged with one count of Child Abuse Without Great Bodily Harm. She was taken into custody Friday evening and granted supervised released.