Prosecutors: 2 Lightbridge Academy day care center workers instigated fights

Two day care center workers at Lightbridge Academy instigated and filmed fights between the children.

Two day care center workers at Lightbridge Academy instigated and filmed fights between the children. (9/1/15)

CRANFORD - Two day care center workers are accused of instigating fights among children at the facility.

Authorities say the pair instigated fights among children ranging in age from 4 to 6. The fights occurred at the Lightbridge Academy in Cranford last month.

Union County prosecutors say 22-year-old Erica Kenny, of Cranford, and 28-year-old Chanese White, of Roselle, are each charged with child abuse. Kenny also faces a child endangerment charge.

Investigators say Kenny recorded video of the fights with her cellphone and shared the clips with several friends through the social media platform Snapchat.

Roughly a dozen boys and girls are shown in the clips shoving each other to the ground and trying to hit each other. The children apparently didn't suffer any serious injuries.

Investigators say that Kenny made reference to the movie "Fight Club" in one of the videos. 

The director of the Lightbridge Academy tells News 12 New Jersey that she views what happened as appalling and wants parents to know both women have been fired.

Kenny and White are due to appear in Union County court on Friday.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

A house in Manalapan caught fire after it 1 House catches fire on Dancer Lane in Manalapan
On a busy Friday morning, just seconds before 2 Good Samaritan saves woman's life, gets robbed in Edison
The owner of Jewelry Expo in Union Township 3 Sleight-of-hand thieves steal $10K worth of jewelry
Officials say the 15-year-old jumped off a ledge 4 Police save teen from drowning in Prospect Park
Greenhouses and farms on the East End are 5 East End: Flowers in full bloom

advertisement | advertise on News 12


It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.