TUSCALOOSA – Authorities arrested a teacher and a classroom aid employed by the Tuscaloosa City Schools System after an 11-year-old student who cannot speak was physically abused.

Tuscaloosa Police Department released the following statement about the arrests and charges:

On May 19, 2016, Tuscaloosa Police Department arrested two school personnel from Oak Hill School on Assault Third Degree Charges in connection to the physical abuse of an 11 year old Non-verbal Autistic student.

On April 29, 2016, Tuscaloosa Police Department Juvenile’s Division began an investigation into a complaint from the parent of a Non-verbal Autistic child that her child had been physically abused by persons employed in the City of Tuscaloosa School System. The parent was informed in detail of the abuse that had been going on since August of 2015 by an anonymous source. After conducting a thorough investigation into the allegation, Investigators gathered enough facts of the case to obtain warrants.

This evening Mildred Pamela Basye, Teacher, and Flora Bryant, Classroom Aid, both of Tuscaloosa, AL turned themselves in on an Assault Third Degree charge. Both subjects were held in Tuscaloosa County Jail on a $500.00 bond each.

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