Teaching Assistant Accused of Sticking Boy

Diane Smith

Yorktown, VA - On Friday morning a staff member at the New Horizons Center for Autism in Yorktown heard a child screaming in a classroom. When entering the room she witnessed a teacher assistant chasing a 13 year old special needs student around the room. The witness further reported that upon catching the child she allegedly began sticking the child several times in the arm with a push pin. When she finally stopped sticking the child with the pin she lifted his shirt and took a cleaning wipe to wipe the wounds, which caused further pain to the child. Another teacher, who was also in the room at the time of the assault, was heard by the witness conspiring with the teacher assistant to cover this up by saying the push pin marks were bug bites.The witness immediately reported this incident to the school administration, who reported it to Child Protective Services. On Sunday, Investigators with the Sheriff's Office conducted an investigation into this incident. Based on the investigation warrants were obtained and served on Diane "Renee" Smith and Darcie Badami.Diane "Renee" Smith is a 45 year old white female, who lives in Hampton. She was charged with Assault and Battery and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.Darcie Badami is a 35 year old white female who lives in Yorktown. She was charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.Badami turned herself in to Investigators and was released on permitted warrants. Smith turned herself into the Hampton Police Division.The investigation is ongoing to make sure that there are no other victims.Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.