Two Edinburg women are facing charges related to an ongoing criminal investigation into a local preschool.
Virginia State Police say Kathryn G. LeDane, 19, a former teacher at Pollywog Place in Woodstock, has been charged with four felony counts of child endangerment and two misdemeanor counts of assault and battery.
Jamie J. Pence, 41, the director at Pollywog Place, has been charged with one felony count of child endangerment and with failing to report the abuse, according to a state police news release. The two were indicted recently by a Shenandoah County grand jury.
The state police investigation into allegations of verbal and physical abuse by a teacher at the nursery and preschool in November began at the request of the Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office.
Both women turned themselves into the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail near Front Royal on Jan, 16, according to the release. LeDane appears in the jail’s database as being released on bond that day. Pence does not appear in the database.
State police Lt. Brent Coffey, who confirmed the women’s roles at the preschool, said Pence appeared by video before the magistrate and was also released that day on bond.
"No children suffered injuries serious enough to require medical attention as a result of the physical abuse," the release states.
Coffey declined to provide more information about the injuries sustained. He also declined to answer how many children were involved and did not provide a date on when the incident occurred.
Phone calls to the Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office asking why Virginia State Police are conducting the investigation were not returned before press deadline Wednesday.
Pollywog Place is a state-licensed nursery and preschool that is half-owned by the Regulus Group LLC, according to Shenandoah County Supervisor Karl Roulston. He is the founder and managing partner of Regulus Group.
“I have no comment. This is in the courts where it needs to be,” Roulston said.
He did say that LeDane has not been working at Pollywog since they were made aware of the allegations.
Pence remains as the director, Roulston said.
A message left for Pence at her office was not returned before deadline. Attempts to contact LeDane were not successful.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Virginia State Police Special Agent Heather Marshall at 540-827-7298 or email@example.com.