Nadine Jones, 51, is charged with cruelty to children.
Photo: Duluth Police Department
Photo: Duluth Police Department

Dad ‘surprised’ Gwinnett teacher charged with beating 4-year-old son

The father of a 4-year-old boy allegedly beaten with a belt at a Duluth day care was surprised that something like that could happen at the school, he told Channel 2 Action News.

All three of Xavier Marcillo’s children are enrolled at the Childcare Network on Buford Highway. When Marcillo noticed his 4-year-old acting “off” after school on March 26, he asked the boy what was wrong. The boy told him that teacher Nadine Jones had hit him with a belt. It left bruising on the boy’s lower back, Duluth police said.

READ | Cops: Gwinnett day care teacher beat 4-year-old with belt

“It was so hard for us to understand how a stranger could hit our son with a belt,” Marcillo told Channel 2. “It’s not right.”

Marcillo said he has had good experiences with the day care facility in the past and plans on keeping his kids enrolled. Jones was terminated by the school a day after Marcillo reported the incident to administrators.

“I didn't question the facility,” Marcillo told Channel 2. “Everyone that works here is great.”

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Nadine Jones, 51, was an employee at the Childcare Network in Duluth when the incident happened.

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