Two former Orange County school employees have been charged with child endangerment and child abuse and neglect.
According to a press release Monday afternoon from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Becky Jones investigated an April 25 report from Orange County Social Services that an alleged assault had occurred at the child care center at the Taylor Education Administration Complex (TEAC) at 200 Dailey Drive in Orange.
Jones investigated the incident with assistance from the department of social services and Orange County Public Schools.
Last Tuesday, Jenean Renee Simms, 33, of Orange, was indicted on one count of child endangerment and one count of child abuse and neglect. She is listed on the Orange County Schools’ website as a child care teacher at the TEAC facility.
Brookes Michelle Sims, 37, of Earlysville, was indicted on one count of child endangerment and one count of failing to report the suspicion of child abuse as mandated by the Code of Virginia. She is listed on the schools’ website as the TEAC child care coordinator.
Orange County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cecil Snead said on Monday that the two women are no longer employed by the school division.
The two suspects have been arrested and released on $5,000 unsecured bonds.
Simms is scheduled to appear in Orange County Circuit Court June 6. A date for Sims’ first appearance was not yet available.