According to a report from WTVA, a grand jury in Mississippi did not indict the four daycare workers with felonies following their viral arrests last year.
Monroe County Sheriff Kevin Crook said that the four workers, Sierra McCandless, Oci-Anna Kilburn, Jennifer Newman and Shyenne Shelton will not face felony charges. They will face misdemeanor charges.
Left to Right: Sierra McCandless, Oci-Anna Kilburn, Jennifer Newman, Shyenne Shelton (Source: Monroe County Sheriff’s Department)
Deputies arrested the women in October after videos surfaced online of one of them using a Halloween mask to intentionally frighten young children at Lil’ Blessings Daycare in Hamilton, Mississippi.
WTVA reports that all of the workers were originally charged with three counts of felony child abuse.
A fifth suspect was also arrested. Investigators charged Traci Hutson with failure to report abuse and simple assault against a minor, both of which are misdemeanors.
According to WTVA, videos of the children being scared instantly went viral across the globe, with the parents of a child seen in the video even appearing on The Dr. Phil Show.