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Mickel Tyrone Young sentenced to 20 years in Landover daycare assault

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A man who pleaded guilty in connection to a violent, drug-fueled assault at a Landover daycare center last April was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday.

Officials say Mickel Young was likely high on PCP during the attack. Photo: Prince George's County Police
Jalen Farmer, who still cannot see out of one eye, was honored by police after the attack. Photo: Josh Yospyn
A still from surveillance video of the April assault.

Mickel Tyrone Young pleaded guilty last November to first and second-degree assault, among other charges, after entering the "It's A Family Affair" daycare on Garrett Morgan Boulevard last April 26 and attacked an employee with a baseball bat.

Surveillance video from the day of the attack begins calmly enough, as Young is seen entering the lobby. He was allowed in because staffers thought he was a prospective customer.

Before the attack, Young, who officials believe was under the influence of PCP during the attack, asked to use a phone. He was denied by a security officer and asked to leave. Young then became angry and threw items at the guard, 18-year-old Jalen Farmer, who then went to retrieve a bat.

Authorities then say Young was able to grab the baseball bat from Farmer and hit him over the head with it, breaking several bones in his face and opening a gash above his eye. He then jumped the guard and struck him several times in the face before he was able to escape.

Teachers and the 80 children at the daycare hid in closets and under tables. The center's director called 911.

Young claims to not remember the attack. In court Friday, he saw the video of the attack for the first time. When it was his turn to speak, he actually called Farmer a hero for stepping up to protect the children.

Farmer, who is legally blind in one eye because of the attack, was honored with a Good Samaritan award by Prince George's County Police several months later.

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