3rd employee arrested for allegedly tying nonverbal child to chair at Bradenton school

BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) — A third employee involved with tying up a nonverbal 7-year-old boy to a chair at G.D. Rogers Garden-Bullock Elementary earlier this month has been arrested.

On Thursday, Bradenton police arrested Hydalmy Ortiz, 41, who is a teacher’s aide at the school.

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Ortiz joins Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teacher Carina Chindamo, 31, who was arrested on Feb. 6, and teacher’s aide Taylor Internicola, 39, who was arrested on Feb. 9.

The investigation began on Feb. 5 when security footage at the school caught teachers tying the boy’s wrists with a nylon walking rope and attaching the rope to a chair on the playground. They would then take turns sitting on the chair, using their weight to keep the child secured.

Police said the boy was restrained for nearly an hour.

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All three women are charged with false imprisonment of a child under the age of 13.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Dalia Santana at dalia.santana@bradentonpd.com or the Bradenton Police Department at 941-932-9300. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at manateecrimestoppers.com or 866-634-8477.

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