ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Two New Jersey day care workers accused of urging young children to fight as part of what one compared to the movie “Fight Club” are seeking probation through a program that could result in their charges being dismissed.
Erica Kenny, 22, and Chanese White, 28, are each seeking acceptance into a pre-trial intervention program, available to first offenders. The program allows defendants to be placed on supervised probation and, if the participant completes the program, the charges are dismissed, NJ.com reported (http://bit.ly/1QxQgWi ).
Kenny and White each pleaded not guilty to child abuse charges stemming from the alleged fights Aug. 13 at Lightbridge Academy in Cranford where they both worked.
Kenny also faces a charge of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child after prosecutors say she recorded video of the fights and shared them with friends through Snapchat. In the video, she compares the fights to the 1999 movie, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, authorities said.
Both women were scheduled for a hearing Oct. 15, but court records show White is now slated to appear in court Oct. 28 and Kenny is scheduled to be in court Nov. 18. Their hearings will be on their potential acceptance into the pre-trial program.
The Union County prosecutor and the county public defender declined to comment.