David Michael Baier, a former Davie, Florida teacher, was arrested for allegedly assaulting an autistic nine-year-old boy, news sources report. According to the press, this is the second time Baier has been arrested for child abuse in the last year. Police are currently searching for additional victims, since over a dozen parents have come forward to report that Baier abused their children. Baier, 50, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of child abuse. His bail was set at $2,500.
According to reports, Baier once worked for the Alternative Education Foundation School in Davie. AEF has two schools in Davie and one in Lantana. The school system fired Baier because of the abuse allegations. AEF has not released a comment on the situation,
Detectives first arrested Baier in August 2012 for allegedly assaulting a 12-year-old boy with autism at the school. Sources say Baier grabby the victim by his hair, pulled him from chair, and violently threw him to the ground. Surveillance video taken from the classroom reportedly captured the abusive act. Police arrested Baier on two counts of child abuse following the incident. Baier later bailed out of jail; the case is pending. It is not clear whether the alleged attack resulted in any lasting injuries.
After hearing about Baier’s arrest, police say over a dozen parents came forward to file complaints. Baier was just arrested for assaulting a nine-year-old boy with autism at an AEF summer program. Baier allegedly “pushed [the victim’s] head to the floor” during the assault.
A police spokesperson commented that sometimes, a degree of force is required in dealing with students. “I understand that some of these teachers are forced to use some type of physical force to restrain these children,” a police spokesperson said. “But based on what I saw on the video, it was well in excess of what any acceptable force would be.” Police are still investigating to determine whether there have been any additional instances of abuse.
In other news, Steven Trew of Bonita Springs was arrested Monday after he allegedly released animals from Everglades Wonder Gardens. One freed deer was later killed in a collision and at least one other is missing, sources say. Trew, 58, was booked into police custody on charges of damage to property with criminal mischief and burglary of a dwelling. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail or hired legal representation.
According to reports, Trew was upset that the Everglades Wonder Gardens in Bonita Springs was shutting down soon. On Monday, Trew allegedly broke into the zoo by cutting through a back gate. Trew then allegedly freed various animals, including birds, pigs, deer, a bobcat and a mountain lion.
Sources indicate that an employee with the zoo spotted Trew and called police. Crews rounded up most of the animals, save one deer that was struck on a nearby road and another that remained missing. David Piper, the park owner, said the bobcat and the mountain lion thankfully did not leave their cages. It is not known whether the accident involving the deer resulted in any injury.