South Carolina teacher's aide accused of cruelly assaulting 5-year-old autistic boy
Brittany Ann Bell (Photo: Greenville Co.)

A teacher's aide at Summit Drive Elementary was charged with cruelty to children after she reportedly grabbed a 5-year-old autistic boy by his arm, pulled him down stairs and threw him on his back across a hallway.


Brittany Ann Bell turned herself into police Wednesday, though the incident happened on Friday. WYFF reports that the boy had fingertip bruises on his arm and his father said that the boy's back was injured as well.

Bell was hired by the school district in January of 2014 for another school and transferred last year, officials told police. She has since been fired.

"Once the principal was notified of these allegations on Friday afternoon she immediately began collecting statements from witnesses, but did not report the incident to law enforcement until Monday morning," Greenville County Schools said in a statement. "This principal has been instructed that in the future, without exception, she must report an incident requiring a law enforcement investigation the day she is notified, and her failure to do so has been addressed. The parents of the child have expressed their support for the principal’s actions and are grateful for her thorough internal investigation and her call to law enforcement."