Borders nursery workers deny abusing youngsters

Little Reivers Nursery in Duns.
Little Reivers Nursery in Duns.

Two nursery workers have been accused of forcibly dragging children in their care about and locking them inside cupboards.

Nicola Jeffrey, 22, and Teresa Renton, 34, are charged with behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause a reasonable person fear and alarm on various occasions between January 1, 2015, and August 1, 2016.

That offence is alleged to have been committed at the since-closed Little Reivers Nursery in Duns.

They both pleaded not guilty at Selkirk Sheriff Court to a charge of shouting, forcibly dragging children about and lifting them off the floor by the arm, as well as locking children inside cupboards and refusing to let them out when they became disorientated.

They are also alleged to have made offensive and abusive comments towards and about young children and behaved in an aggressive, threatening and abusive manner towards youngsters in their care.

Jeffrey is further alleged to have seized hold of the arm of an injured child receiving treatment from a colleague, and it was later ascertained the youngster’s arm had sustained two fractures.

Jeffrey is also said to changed the nappy of a child in view of the public on a concrete floor without using any mat.

Renton, of Ainslie Terrace, and Jeffrey, of Rachel Drive, both in Duns, pleaded not guilty to that charge.

A trial date has been set for October 16 at Jedburgh Sheriff Court, with an intermediate hearing on September 18.