Former Merryhill School worker charged with misdemeanor child abuse

Posted 1/8/19

A criminal case has been filed against a former Merryhill School worker for allegations of child abuse, which contributed to the Parker school's forced shutdown Jan. 4. Brenda Woodard, 47, has …

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Former Merryhill School worker charged with misdemeanor child abuse

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A criminal case has been filed against a former Merryhill School worker for allegations of child abuse, which contributed to the Parker school's forced shutdown Jan. 4.

Brenda Woodard, 47, has been charged with misdemeanor child abuse for allegedly attempting to clean marker off two children's faces using a Magic Eraser sponge, a Mr. Clean product containing formaldehyde. The product's website, MrClean.com, labels it as an all-purpose household cleaner. The children suffered chemical burns.

The summons document was served Aug. 29, 2018. Woodard is scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m., Feb. 14 for a pre-trial conference at the Douglas County Courthouse in Castle Rock.

According to the summons and complaint document from the 18th Judicial District, the incident occurred May 22, 2018.

On Dec. 17, the Colorado Department of Human Services sent a letter to Merryhill president Debra Pritchard informing her the school's license renewal request had been denied following several violations during the school's 10-month probation period in 2018. The letter listed the Magic Eraser incident as a founded concern of Stage 1 child abuse.

Woodard's Facebook page reports she stopped working for Merryhill in May 2018.

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