Kindergarten teacher who was secretly filmed slamming a small child over a fence and holding her upside down is jailed for 120 days
Kelli Dugan, 31, was filmed manhandling a young girl at the Apple Montessori School in Hoboken, New Jersey, last May
The video surfaced in June after the woman who took it put it on Facebook
Dugan and several others were fired from the school
Dugan pleaded guilty to second-degree child endangerment on Friday
She was sentenced to 120 days jail followed by probation
A New Jersey kindergarten teacher has been sentenced to 120 days in jail after footage surfaced of her last year manhandling a two-year-old girl.
The cellphone video, shot from the window of a high-rise building above the Apple Montessori School in Hoboken, showed the teacher, Kelli Dugan, hold the toddler by her legs and swing her over a fence.
In court, Dugan admitted to holding the child upside down, putting her hands around the toddler's neck and dragging the girl by her arms, NBC 4 New York reported.
The 31-year-old pleaded guilty to second-degree child endangerment charges on Friday and was subsequently sentenced to 120 days in jail.
Dugan will serve a probation once she is released.
The victim's mother cried in court as the sentence was handed down on Friday.
Outside court, Dugan refused to comment on the case.
However last October she told NBC she was sorry for what happened.
'I'm devastated and I'm sorry. My heart is broken,' she said at the time.
Another teacher who was filmed in the video slamming a child to the ground while trying to put a hat on her head was cleared of any charges.
That woman, Dugan and several other employees were fired due to the incident.
The incriminating video was filmed in May, however did not surface until June.
The person who originally filmed the video showed it to a school director via email and was told the teacher would be placed on working probation - still allowed to stay on site - for 30 days.
Because she feared the school wouldn't tell parents what had happened, the woman who filmed the incident put the video on Facebook, hoping more people would see it.
The family who runs the school notified parents through a letter describing how they felt about the event.
'We are outraged by the lack of care and concern this employee showed. We do not condone this type of behavior in any way, shape or form,' the letter read.
The family claimed the footage was 'just sent to their attention' and they fired the teacher as a result of the incident.
In a statement released at the time, Apple Montessori School said it was 'deeply troubled by the behavior of the former staffer'.
The director and assistant director of the school in Hoboken, who had access to the video June 4, according to ABC, were fired 'for their mishandling of this incredibly serious situation.
Another teacher and a teacher's aide who were present at the time of the incident were also fired.
'We are outraged by the lack of care and concern this former employee showed,' Apple Montessori School in Hoboken said in a statement. 'We do not condone this type of behavior in any way, shape or form. Additionally, we are instituting new safety measures to ensure that this type of incident doesn't happen again.'