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CROWN POINT — A woman is charged with slapping a toddler last month while she was an employee at a day care in Gary.

Alexis L. McFerson, 34, was charged in Lake Criminal Court with battery, a level 6 felony, on allegations she struck a 2-year-old boy Oct. 8 at Pathways day care, 1061 Harrison Blvd. in Gary, according to court records.

The boy's mother told Gary police she was dropping her child off with the 34-year-old woman at the home day care. She said the boy threw a toy at McFerson's head, and the employee responded by smacking her child in the face, records state

The mother told police the blow was so forceful it left a hand print. The child suffered bruising and an eye hemorrhage, records state.

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Georgie Haskins, owner of Pathways, said Monday McFerson was fired immediately after the incident. She said McFerson, who she described as a good employee before the incident, told her, “It was like a reflex.”

McFerson remained wanted on a warrant Monday morning, records state. Her surety bond is $20,000.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.