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POLICE: 1-year-old struck with ruler at Louisville daycare

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Joyce Green (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Joyce Green (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has arrested a woman who allegedly beat a 1-year-old child with a ruler at a Louisville daycare.

The alleged incident took place on Nov. 21 at Trina's Treehouse Daycare on Cane Run Road, near Crums Lane.

Louisville Metro Police say 52-year-old Joyce Green struck a 1-year-old victim in the buttocks several times with a ruler. The child was in her care, according to police. It is not clear from the arrest warrant whether Green was employed at the daycare.

The child suffered severe bruising to the buttocks and photos were taken, according to an arrest warrant. Police say the incident was captured on video, and both Child Protective Services and the Office of Inspector General investigated.

Louisville Metro Police issued an arrest warrant for Green on Dec. 4, and she was arrested shortly after 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

She is charged with fourth degree assault -- a misdemeanor.

It's not the first time a Trina's Treehouse daycare has been in the news.

In Oct. 2011, a death investigation was conducted there after a 2-year-old boy was found unresponsive at the Trina's Treehouse location at the corner of 32nd St. and W. Broadway.

He was taken to Kosair Children's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death, according to the Jefferson County Coroner's Office, was the "complete obstruction of airway by a foreign object."

In that case, the "foreign object" was believed to have been a bulletin board push-pin. It was not clear how the child ingested the push pin, or whether it happened at the daycare.

In March 2013, in an unrelated matter, the state of Kentucky revoked the license of the Cane Run Road Trina's Treehouse location. That revocation came as a result of alleged fraud involving child care assistance money, according to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

At the time, daycare owners told WDRB News they were appealing the decision.

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