Plainfield, New Jersey, USA: Adetokunbo Akinnaso, 64, a New Jersey preschool administrator, faces up to 3 years in prison after she was charged for allegedly pulling a knive on two 4-year-old students. Adetokunbo Akinnaso, of Sicklerville, was the director of the Dawn To Dusk Christian Childcare and Learning Center in Plainfield when the two four-year-olds were brought to her office for disciplinary reasons earlier this year, Union County prosecutors said.
Prosecutors say she brandished a knife and threatened to harm the children if they continued misbehaving.
The children were not harmed, officials said.
Akinnaso has been charged with two counts of cruelty or neglect of children – a fourth degree felony offense. She has been removed from her post and could face up to three years in state prison if convicted on both counts. She is to reappear in court, April 2nd.
It’s not known if Adetokunbo O. Akinnaso of Nigerian descent has retained an attorney. Dawn To Dusk Christian Childcare and Learning Center serves students through age 13, but prosecutors said the alleged threats happened only on the preschool portion of the campus.
Ronald Bolandi, interim superintendent of the Plainfield school district, said the city’s childcare centers are privately owned and the district does not hire staff, but it does provide resources for students to attend the centers.
“In order to ensure the safety of our students, the center director was removed immediately and will not be returning to the preschool,” Bolandi said in a statement.
“This requirement was necessary in order for the owner to continue her contract with the district.”
Bolandi said district officials would talk with the family of the children involved and communicate with the other families at the childcare center.
The case was referred to the county prosecutor’s office from the state Department of Children and Families Institutional Abuse Investigation Unit.