CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Whether or not the Lincolnton Theater Guild will continue to receive funding is still up in the air after a daycare worker connected to the Guild was charged with misdemeanor child abuse.
Roger Calhoun, president of the Arts Council in Lincoln County, told FOX 46 that they are still looking into what happened. He said no decision has been made yet on funding. The Arts Council currently provides grassroots funding to the Theater Guild.
On Friday, March 23, deputies spoke with the mother of an 18-month child who said that on Wednesday, March 21, she received a call from the Mini Academy Daycare Center on Unity Church Road in Denver that another child had pulled her daughter’s hair hard enough to pull hair out but the child was OK.
Several hours later a staff member at the academy called the mother and told her that after they reviewed the video "it shows a staff member pulling the child’s hair and not another child."
The employee, identified Rebecca Nicole DeGregory, 23, was suspended and then terminated from the daycare center by the owner the same day the incident occurred.
DeGregory was the vice president of Children's Programs for the Lincolnton Theater Guild. According to her father, Pete Gregory, who serves as the Guild's president, Rebecca has stepped down. She was charged with one misdemeanor count of child abuse and released on a $5,000 unsecured bond. Her court date is set for Friday, April 6.
The Lincolnton Theater Guild has suspended the Children's Outreach Programs for the time being.