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Three Year Olds Told To Fight By Delaware Day Care Workers, Police Say

A notice on the door at the Hands of Our Future day care center in Dover, Del., which has been closed because employees allegedly had two 3-year-olds fight each other. CBS Philly hide caption

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A notice on the door at the Hands of Our Future day care center in Dover, Del., which has been closed because employees allegedly had two 3-year-olds fight each other.

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It's tempting to make a "fight club" reference (and some news outlets have), but the outrageous nature of the allegations seems to call for a more straight-forward approach:

"An organized battle between two toddlers that police say was encouraged by three day care workers and videotaped has resulted in their arrest and the Dover center having its license suspended," Wilmington's News Journal reports.

Police say that about five months ago, two 3-year-olds at Dover's Hands of Our Future day care center were encouraged "to fight it out," as the News Journal writes.

According to CBS Philly, police say that in a video "one child can be heard crying and yelling, 'He's pinching me,' while a daycare worker responds, 'No pinching, only punching.' "

The three day care employees have been charged with second-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree reckless endangering, and conspiracy. The Dover police report is posted here.

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