BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – Charges against a Boardman school teacher accused of excessive discipline of a young child were dropped Wednesday.
Mary Rowan, 37, was arrested last week and charged with domestic violence and endangering children. The West Boulevard Elementary teacher pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Police said Rowan poured baby soap into a child’s mouth because he was misbehaving. The child is not a Boardman student.
The boy had several scratches and bruises on his face, according to police.
The father of the child provided a statement about the charges being dropped.
In part, he said, “It was incredibly difficult for the officers to come into a house like ours and quickly understand the long history of my son’s behavioral challenges … We thank the courts for their thorough and objective analysis.”
Superintendent Tim Saxton says they are keeping Rowan on administrative leave. He says the district’s primary focus is on the education of the students.
Saxton also said Rowan, who is 33 weeks pregnant, would be out on maternity leave soon anyway and needs to take some time for herself.
A decision on her return to school will be made after her maternity leave.