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3 Pensacola adults charged with abusing autistic child

From left: Jarrett Peter, Kemon O'Brian Johnson and Rose Patterson James (SOURCE: Escambia County Sheriff's Office) From left: Jarrett Peter, Kemon O'Brian Johnson and Rose Patterson James (SOURCE: Escambia County Sheriff's Office)
PENSACOLA, FL (WALA) -

Three adults were arrested Thursday after an investigation determined they were involved in physical and mental abuse of an autistic child, according to Pensacola authorities.

The arrests stems from an incident reported to police Tuesday by an investigator with the Department of Children and Families, according to a Pensacola Police news release.

The trio was chargted with cruelty toward a child. 

They are: Rose Patton James, 53, Kemon O’Brian Johnson, 19, and Jarrett Peter Clifton, 20, all of Pensacola.

The incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. Dec. 30, 2016 at the Gull Point Recreation Center, where James, Johnson and Clifton were employed through Keegan Staffing, according to the news release.  
 
Surveillance video from the center showed Johnson repeatedly threatening a 12-year-old boy with a metal stick, and at one point he grabbed the child and pushed him to the ground, police said. It also showed James slapping the child in the face and kicking him, and Johnson and Clifton dragging the child by his arms out of camera view, police said. 
 
The child was attending camp at the center during winter break, and his mother contacted the abuse hot line after the child said one of the caregivers had been mean to him, according to police. They said via the news release that video showed the child kicking a pipe and his lunch bag across the gym floor but not toward anyone prior to the abuse. 
 
Det. Shannan Briarton said a motive for the incident remains under investigation. Briarton said approximately a dozen children were in the gym when the incident occurred. Briarton said James had worked at the center for approximately three years, and Clifton and Johnson had worked for approximately a couple of weeks. 
 
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Briarton at 850-435-1978. 

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