• Lincoln County daycare worker accused of pulling child's hair out

    By: Ken Lemon

    Updated:

    LINCOLNTON, NC - The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has charged a daycare worker with misdemeanor child abuse after she allegedly pulled an 18-month-old child's hair so hard she pulled it out.

    Deputies said it happened at the Mini Academy Daycare Center on Unity Church Road in Denver on March 21.

    The child's mother said the daycare called her and said another child had pulled her daughter's hair, but the child was okay. Several hours later, a staff member called back and said surveillance video actually showed 23-year-old Rebecca Nicole DeGregory pulling the child's hair.

    Rebecca Nicole DeGregory (image courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office)

    DeGregory was suspended and then fired by the daycare owner.

    Channel 9 also learned the DeGregory works as vice president of children's programming at the Lincoln Theatre Guild.

    One parent sent a text with a message for leaders of the guild.

    "Our children's safety should take precedence over all else," the text read.

    "We don't want anyone to ever feel their kids are in danger when they come to the arts council or the cultural center," said Roger Calhoun, president of the Lincoln Arts Council.

    After investigating, deputies arrested DeGregory. She was released on a $5,000 bond.

    The Lincoln Theatre Guild sent Channel 9 the following statement after the news broke:

    "The Lincoln Theatre Guild believes Rebecca DeGregory is innocent until proven guilty. We’ve known Rebecca most of her life and do not believe her capable of this."

    On April 4, the Lincoln Cultural Center followed up with the statement below:

     

    "Due to the unfortunate circumstances, pending the outcome of the charges against Rebecca DeGregory, we must suspend her involvement at the Lincoln Cultural Center and/or with our member groups."

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