Teacher accused of assaulting wheelchair-bound student turns herself in

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The teacher accused of abusing a non-verbal, wheelchair-bound student has turned herself in to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Department.

Nerelyn Lava Soreta, 50, is charged with simple battery of the infirm.

The mother of the child saw a video clip last week of her child being hit in class by her teacher, Soreta. She contacted the Sheriff's Office and showed deputies the video.

Deputies viewed the video of Soreta pushing the child's face with her hand and striking the child several times on the leg. Deputies also spoke with a witness of the incident.

Lasundra Lipsey says her 9-year-old daughter Cassidy is a student at Jefferson Terrace Elementary School. "My child can't talk. If someone does anything to her, she can't say anything," said Lipsey.

Lipsey pulled her daughter from the school when she saw the video. She returned to the school on Friday to file a complaint with the principal, but she says she was turned away when she got to the office.

Lipsey says she is worried that this is not the first time Ms. Soreta put her hands on her daughter or any student. She says Cassidy will not be returning to Jefferson Terrace unless the teacher is removed.

"I want justice served. I want her in jail. I want the school system to pay for not following proper protocol and not caring about who you put in your schools because to me it seems like they are trying to cover each other," said Lipsey.

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