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Poughkeepsie Woman Arrested After Striking 12-Year-Old In Face, Police Say

Margaret Namulanga was arrested for striking a special needs child in the face.
Margaret Namulanga was arrested for striking a special needs child in the face. Photo Credit: New York State Police

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- A Poughkeepsie woman has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after striking a 12-year-old special needs child in Red Hook, according to the New York State Police.

The arrest of Margaret Namulanga, 33, comes after a month-long investigation into an allegation by co-workers that she struck the child in the face, state police said.

During the course of her employment, Namulanga's job was to care for the boy with special needs. According to witnesses, on Sunday, Sept. 25, Namulanga was supervising the boy when he acted out and she struck him in the face. Witnesses immediately reported the attack to authorities, the state police said.

New York State police could not release the name of the place of employment to protect the other residents, said Trooper Melissa McMorris, spokeswoman for the State Police.

The administration immediately placed Namulanga on leave as a safety precaution pending the outcome of a joint investigation.

She was arrested Wednesday and released on an appearance ticket with a court date of Nov. 17.

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