Woman Faces Criminal Charges for Breaking Arm of Autistic Boy, 12

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A worker at Great Circle in Webster Groves is facing child abuse charges. - IMAGE VIA GOOGLE
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  • A worker at Great Circle in Webster Groves is facing child abuse charges.
A worker at a Webster Groves childcare agency has been charged with cracking a 12-year-old autistic boy's arm, authorities say.

Lavita Foston, 22, pinned the child down and wrenched his arm behind his back, Webster Groves police allege in court records. The boy suffered a "spiral fracture," a break that results from twisting the bone.

The boy was a resident at Great Circle, a behavioral services provider formed in 2009 through the merger of Boys & Girls Town of Missouri and Edgewood Children's Center.

The incident happened in July, but Foston wasn't arrested until late last month. She was charged with felony abuse of a child. Police have said she was not "restraint certified."

Great Circle says Foston was suspended back in July and has since been fired.

"We immediately addressed the physical and emotional needs of the child, suspended the staff member involved and notified the appropriate child welfare authorities," Great Circle said in a statement.

A Great Circle spokeswoman refused to describe Foston's position, employment history or responsibilities with the organization. She said they have cooperated fully with the police investigation.

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