CLAYTON, Mo. - A former worker at a Pine Lawn daycare who was captured on video throwing a three-year-old against a piece of furniture was arrested by police Friday. Authorities tracked her down hiding in a home after a warrant was issued against her.
Wilma Brown, 27, was brought to the St. Ann Police Department after her arrest Friday afternoon before being taken to the St. Louis County Justice Center in Clayton. Authorities had been looking for her since Thursday night.
Fox 2 captured exclusive video of Brown when she arrived at the St. Ann PD just after 2:15 p.m.
Authorities found her at a home in unincorporated north county on McAlpine. Investigators with the North County Police Cooperative say Brown knew people at the home.
Brown said nothing as she was led inside the police station.
Brown is facing a class B felony child abuse charge after the shocking video first exposed by Fox 2 shows her picking up a 3-year-old girl by the arm, dragging her, then throwing the child against a piece of furniture.
The 3-year-old suffered a large gash on her head and had to get seven staples to treat it. The disturbing incident happened back on February 1st at the Brighter Day Care and Preschool in Pine Lawn.
Brown had been on the run since the warrant was issued against her late Thursday afternoon.
"She was located hiding in a basement in a closet and once she was found there was no resistance or anything, she went peacefully," said Major Ron Martin, the Assistant Chief of the North County Police Cooperative.
Ariana Silver, another worker at the same daycare, was also charged Thursday with a class D felony child abuse count for a totally separate incident at the facility. Silver appeared in court on Friday morning.
Brown was supposed to appear in court at the same time but she wasn`t yet caught.
"While this door is closed on the investigation, now it's a whole new door opening for the court's side, you know? She's got a lot of answers to give," Martin said.
"Everybody, I think, now has seen the video and it's pretty shocking, so we're just glad that we were able to locate her, maybe give some closure to the family of the victims in the crimes that are alleged."
Investigators said Brown confessed on tape to the crime, saying she was overwhelmed at the daycare.
Officials at the daycare say both Brown and Silver have been fired.
A spokesperson for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said there are open state investigations into both incidents and some kind of state action is possible.