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Day Care Worker Arrested After Disturbing Video Shows Abuse of 4-Year-Old Girl

by Dakshayani Shankar and Shamar Walters /
Lynn Rowe is seen an April 13, 2017 mugshot. Rowe, 58, of Lynn's Learning Center was taken into custody Thursday night by the Harrison County Sheriff's Office at a Missouri Valley, Iowa, home.Harrison County Sheriffnull

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Shocking video from inside an Omaha, Nebraska, day care center has led to the arrest of 58-year-old woman on charges of child abuse.

The disturbing video shows a day care worker sitting across from a little girl at a table, when the worker suddenly gets angry and hits the child on the head a few times.

"Quit messing with your hair," the worker says, before punching the girl’s left arm.

When the crying little girl says "that hurt me," the worker responds, "Good, I hope it hurt you," and then shakes her violently.

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Police say the worker in the video is Lynn Rowe, who was taken into custody Thursday night in Missouri Valley, Iowa. She is currently awaiting extradition back to Nebraska, police said.

A former employee at the day care filmed the incident on March 28 and sent the video to the child's mother on April 2, officials said.

The parents reportedly confronted Rowe the next day, and went to police, who issued a warrant for her arrest on Wednesday.

"We are eternally grateful for Detective Flynn and the Omaha Police Department and all those involved in finding her," Kelley Meyers, the mother of the 4-year-old victim, said in a statement Friday. "And we are happy that she will have to take responsibility for her actions now."

Al Meyers, the child's father, told NBC News that his daughter has been going to Rowe's day care center since she was 2 or 3 months old and her 7-year-old brother went there before that, and that the couple knew Rowe very well.

Lynn Rowe is seen an April 13, 2017 mugshot. Rowe, 58, of Lynn's Learning Center was taken into custody Thursday night by the Harrison County Sheriff's Office at a Missouri Valley, Iowa, home.Harrison County Sheriffnull

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