- The Washington Times - Monday, September 22, 2014

A Woodbridge preschool teacher was charged with assault after the woman bit a 13-month-old child, in apparent retaliation after the child bit another teacher, according to Prince William County police.

The owner of the early childhood care facility, the Goddard School, was also charged with failure to report child abuse to Child Protective Services after she was made aware of the incident, according to the Prince William County Police Department.

The incident occurred Sept. 11 at the school, located at 5490 Staples Mill Plaza in Woodbridge, and left a bite mark on the shoulder of the 13-month-old boy. The teacher, 24-year-old Theresa Brown, is accused of biting the toddler after he bit another teacher at the school.

Ms. Brown was charged with assault and battery and has a court date pending, police said.

A woman who answered the phone at the Goddard School Monday said Ms. Brown no longer works at the preschool and that officials at the school “are cooperating with police.” She declined to give her name.

Police said someone who witnessed the bite immediately reported the incident to management but that the owner of the school, 24-year-old Nadia Choudhry, failed to report the incident to Child Protective Services as required by law. Police said Ms. Choudhry told the reporting staff member to not report the incident to authorities. The incident was reported anonymously to Child Protective Services on Sept. 12.

Ms. Choudhry now faces a criminal charge of failure to report child abuse or neglect.

• Andrea Noble can be reached at anoble@washingtontimes.com.

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