Day care worker facing reckless endangerment charge

Published 8:42 am Wednesday, September 30, 2015


HOOVER—A 26-year-old day care worker is facing a reckless endangerment charge after allegedly “aggressively” shaking a child at Bright Horizons Family Solutions day care in late August.



On Aug. 27, the Hoover Police Department was notified of an incident involving a child at Bright Horizons Family Solutions.

Video surveillance captured De’Erika Faye Stephens, of Birmingham, allegedly “grabbing a child and aggressively/forcefully shaking him,” a news release from the Hoover Police Department said. After examination by a physician, the child does not have any apparent injuries.

Detectives reviewed video footage and interviewed employees and parents. Their findings were presented to the Shelby County District Attorney’s office for review, however a warrant was declined because the incident did not rise to the level of a felony offense.

The case was presented to the Hoover City Magistrate’s Office and a misdemeanor warrant for reckless endangerment was issued on Sept. 25.

Stephens surrendered at the Hoover City Jail at 4:48 p.m. on Sept. 29 and was released after posting her $1,000 bond shortly after. She is scheduled to appear in Hoover Municipal Court on Dec. 2.

Reckless endangerment is a Class A misdemeanor. If found guilty, Stephens could face up to one year in the Shelby County Jail.