UPDATE | Indianapolis daycare worker charged with child molestation

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Ali Al-Awadi

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 27, 2014) – An Indianapolis daycare worker faces felony child molestation charges.

Ali Al-Awadi, 20, was arrested Saturday after the incident, which was reported Friday at The Children’s Choice Learning Center at St. Vincent. The facility is located on St. Vincent’s property but is managed by a company called Bright Horizons. The actual incident happened Thursday, police said.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the girl said it hurt to use the bathroom and complained of soreness to her genital area. A medical exam found multiple injuries, and the girl told her mother that Al-Awadi touched her inappropriately.

“Mr. Ali touched me right here,” the girl told a forensic examiner. She then “pointed to and touched herself between the legs on her genitals,” court documents said. The girl told another teacher at the daycare what happened. That worker talked to Al-Awadi, but the daycare didn’t report the incident to the girl’s parents or immediately notify police or any other agency. Notification came the following day.

In a written statement provided to police, Al-Awadi said the girl hurt herself when he picked her up. He said she wrapped her legs around his arm and watch, pinching her genitals in the process. He claimed he didn’t touch her inappropriately.

Management at the daycare had told Al-Awadi in the past “not to pick up the kids anymore,” especially those who can already walk by themselves, court documents said. Police said Al-Awadi changed his story while being interviewed about the incident.

The daycare said Al-Awadi has been placed on administrative leave. The company said he had passed the background check required by all employees.

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