Preschool director admits pulling knife, threatening to cut fingers off 4-year-olds

Preschool director admits pulling knife, threatening to cut fingers off 4-year-olds
Adetokunbo O. Akinnaso (Image via

[Ed. – She will ‘likely get probation’? Seriously?]

The former preschool director who used a knife to threaten two 4-year-olds  will never work in childcare again and likely get probation.

Adetokunbo O. Akinnaso, 64, the former director of Dawn to Dusk Christian Childcare and Learning Center in Plainfield, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of fourth-degree child abuse in Superior Court in Union County, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office said Friday. The prosecutor’s office has agreed to recommend probation at her sentencing Sept. 28.

In an attempt to discipline two young children Feb. 28, Akinnaso put a steak knife into their hands and told them she would cut their fingers off and throw them in the trash if they kept misbehaving, according to authorities and a report by the Department of Children and Families Office of Licensing. They weren’t injured.

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She was immediately removed from her job, a school district official said.

Raymond Moss of Plainfield, the father of one of the victims, is incredulous that Akinnaso won’t face more than probation for threatening children with a weapon.

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