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Deputies: 2 former Main St. USA employees in custody on neglect charges

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Sonya Fredo (L) and Anastasia "Stacy" Whitlock (Source: SCSO) Sonya Fredo (L) and Anastasia "Stacy" Whitlock (Source: SCSO)
Fredo and Whitlock went before a judge on Friday night. (Aug. 8, 2014/FOX Carolina) Fredo and Whitlock went before a judge on Friday night. (Aug. 8, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Deputies are investigating allegations of possible child abuse at Main St. USA in Inman. (July 31, 2014/FOX Carolina) Deputies are investigating allegations of possible child abuse at Main St. USA in Inman. (July 31, 2014/FOX Carolina)
INMAN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office said they have signed warrants for two former employees of the Inman child care facility Main St. USA after allegations of abuse.

Lt. Kevin Bobo said Sonya Fredo, 44, and Anastasia "Stacy" Whitlock, 32, are both facing charges of unlawful neglect of a child on two boys under the age of 10.

Bobo said one of the victims has Down syndrome.

Fredo turned herself in on the charges on Friday afternoon and was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center, according to Bobo.

Bobo said Whitlock was taken into custody later the same night and also charged with a third count of unlawful neglect, which involved her own child.

He said the incident involving her child was one of the incidents captured on camera.

Her children have been released to their biological father and DSS has been notified, according to Bobo.

Whitlock was given a $30,000 personal recognizance bond and Fredo was given a $20,000 personal recognizance bond when they faced a judge on Friday night.

The two both bonded out but refused to comment as they left jail.

Allegations of abuse leads to investigation

On July 30, deputies began investigating allegation of abuse at the facility on East Main Street in Inman after a concerned mother contacted them. 

According to Bobo, the mother's juvenile son told her how some of the children at the facility were being mistreated.

Bobo said the mother allowed the child to take her mobile phone with him to the child care facility, and he was successful in recording some incidents.

According to the incident report, in the first video recorded on the phone, a young child between the ages of 11 and 12 appears to be thrown to the floor. Deputies said the person that threw the child was out of frame of the camera.

The report said one of the teachers then asked in the background, "does anyone else want to go with him?"

Deputies said the second video shows one of the teachers walk up to the children and blow a dog whistle in their faces, the report said.

He said the case was assigned to a Special Victim's Unit investigator, who responded to the location with other investigators on July 31.

From observing the video filmed by the child, deputies were under the impression that approximately 20 children were attending the program, Bobo said. He said when they arrived, they found nearly 50 children inside the facility.

The two suspects were fired by the owner after the accusation went public.

Bobo said the investigation is ongoing.

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