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Johnathan Cummings accused of physical child abuse

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An employee at a home daycare that was operating illegally is facing physical child abuse and second-degree assault charges.

Prince George's County police arrested 19-year-old Johnathan Desmond Cummings of Upper Marlboro on Jan. 7. He has been released on $35,000 bond.

Officers were called to the unlicensed daycare in the 13600 block of Wood Ember Drive on Monday for reports of child abuse. A witness captured Cummings on video allegedly assaulting a 2-year-old boy. 

Investigators say Cummings admitted to kicking the child. He has been released on a $35,000 bond. Police believe there could be other victims.

The daycare was issued a cease and desist order by the Maryland State Department of Education's Office of Child Care. They cannot resume caring for children until they acquire the proper licensing.

If you have information on this case that can help police, call the Prince George's County Police Department's Child and Vulnerable Adult Unit at (301) 772-4930.

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