MILTON, Fla.- A worker for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice was caught on camera reportedly abusing a child in her custody for 30 minutes.
It happened in Milton, just northeast of Pensacola. The 33-year-old Shannon Abbott is out on bond this afternoon, but could still face battery charges.
Abbott is seen on surveillance video escorting a teenager through the Milton girls juvenile residential facility last week. Suddenly, Abbott throws the girl up against a concrete wall face first and then leans against her. Shortly after that, she throws the girl to the ground and lies on top of her, while an assistant pins down the girls legs.
Investigators say this went on for half an hour, until Abbott is seen helping the girl up. The victim is slumped over as she tries to stand. She's handed a white paper towel, which she puts to her face before limping off camera.
Abbott reportedly told authorities the girl was resisting and hitting her with her elbows, but investigators say the teen showed none of those signs.
Abbott was released from the Santa Rosa County Jail on a $2,500 bond.
The facility says she's contract worker and that they continue to investigate why it took two days for officials to be notified about the incident. The department says they will not tolerate anything that puts their staff or their clients in harm's way.
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