Childcare worker charged with assault for allegedly shaking 5yo for throwing blocks

A Canberra childcare worker has been charged with assault after allegedly shaking a five-year-old boy who had been throwing plastic blocks over a fence.

Kyong Shik Choi, 46, made a brief appearance in the ACT Magistrates Court this morning, where the court heard he had been stood down from his job since the incident.

Documents tendered to the court revealed Mr Choi was in the playground, helping supervise children from the toddler and preschool sections of the childcare centre with several other staff members shortly before the incident.

Police said Mr Choi saw the child standing behind a wooden fort, throwing the blocks over the fence.

In a statement of facts police alleged Mr Choi went up to the boy, grabbing him and pushed him down.

“The defendant gripped the child’s collar and shook him back and forth about six times, causing the child’s back to make continuous contact with the fence,” the statement of facts alleged.

“The child used a mat to hit the defendant on the side of his face.”

Police said another staff member saw what was happening and called out, later reporting the incident to her supervisor.

It is alleged Mr Choi told his boss he believed his behaviour was inappropriate, but he had been defending himself after the boy spat at him and kicked him.

During his brief appearance in court today Mr Choi was officially charged with assault.

He has been released on bail and is due to return to the ACT Magistrates Court later this month.