- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - A day care worker in Mesa has been fired after she posted an obscene gesture on social media.

Kids Play owner Dorothy Thornton says the 19-year-old worker posted a video on Snapchat of her holding her middle finger in front of a child’s face with the caption “swear I love kids.”

At least one parent saw the post and contacted Thornton, who says she confronted the worker. The worker showed Thornton the entire video, which showed scenes from around the day care and then her hand.

Thornton says she had to fire the worker because she should not have had her phone out at work.

The Mesa Police Department investigated further accusations of neglect, which they say were unfounded.

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