CLAREMONT — A city woman is facing prison time for allegedly dragging a 2-year-old she was babysitting down a flight of stairs in an incident caught on video.
Ashley Zuzgo, 26, told police that she was overwhelmed when she dragged the child headfirst down the stairs as the child is seen reaching for the railing, according to the police affidavit filed in the case.
“Get the (expletive) downstairs,” Zuzgo is seen yelling at the child in the video before dragging him.
Zuzgo is charged with felony second-degree assault as well as misdemeanor reckless conduct and simple assault for the Nov. 5 incident.
Police were called after getting a report of suspected abuse, according to the affidavit.
When she got close to the bottom of the stairs Zuzgo is seen on the video tossing the child with one hand, “like a frisbee or a dog toy,” according to the police affidavit.
“(The child) appears to land on his face and chest area on the floor, which is very hard,” the affidavit states.
As she goes down the stairs with one child, a loud scream and banging can be heard coming from the bedroom where another 2-year-old child is, according to the affidavit.
Police report that the video shows Zuzgo dragging this child into a bedroom by his wrist before throwing him “like a rag doll.”
“(The child) appears to hit a thin mattress on the floor as the camera shakes upon impact,” the affidavit states. “The sound of the impact of (the child) hitting the floor was a loud thud.”
The affidavit states that Zuzgo can be seen screaming and crying at the children, who are also both crying at this point. She told police that she did not want to hurt the children, but that she was overwhelmed in the moment, according to the affidavit.