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Angry parents speak out after trial of 2 daycare workers accused of abuse postponed

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The trial of two daycare workers accused of cruelty to children was postponed Wednesday after their attorneys said they needed more time to prepare.

There were angry words Wednesday from the parents of children who were allegedly abused at daycare.

Kierra Spriggs and Sarah Jordan are accused of physically, emotionally and psychologically mistreating toddlers over a period of at least six months at the Minnieland Academy daycare in Woodbridge.

A half of a dozen parents attended the hearing, and afterward, two of them spoke out.

Neither parent wanted their faces shown or their names revealed, but each held nothing back when it came to their emotions.

"I would like both women to go to prison for these crimes,” said the parent of a one-year-old girl. “My daughter was abused on an ongoing basis at the facility and therefore is in treatment in an ongoing basis because of this."

A second parent, the father of a two-year-old girl, said, "I want to second the notion. These women need to face justice. They took something very precious from these kids. In my daughter’s case, she has stopped talking completely. We had to send her to therapy.”

Spriggs and Jordan are accused of abusing the toddlers for their own entertainment -- according to a report by the Virginia Department of Social Services.

They were feeding the one and two-year-olds flaming hot Cheetos, dumping buckets of water on them as well as deliberately tripping them.

James McCoart, who was hired to represent the families, says the investigation has uncovered additional abuses.

"The report, dated from August of 2013, which is now approximately four or five months ago, through the hard work of child protective services and law enforcement, that report, the abuse and neglect, as indicated on that report has grown exponentially since that report,” he said.

When the investigation was first released, it listed as many as nine toddlers who were abused.

McCoart says he now represents more than 12 families who had children at Minnieland.

In November, the founders of Minnieland Academy, Chuck and Jackie Leopold, released a videotaped statement on the alleged abuse which said in part, "Upon learning of the behavior, we alerted the proper authorities and terminated all staff involved. Even the staff members who did not report the teachers activity are no longer with the company.”

Spriggs and Jordan are now due back in court February 26.

A spokesperson for Prince William County police says there have been no additional charges filed against Spriggs and Jordan or anyone else at Minnieland.

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