Former Abilene ISD teacher accused of biting 4-year-old autistic child indicted

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - A former Abilene ISD teacher accused of biting an autistic child has been indicted.

The teacher, Kirsten Barnett, 25, was indicted on an Injury to a Child charge Thursday in connection to the incident that happened in February of 2017. 

Court documents say a teacher's aide saw Barnett restrain the autistic child, age 4,  in her lap after he refused to follow her commands. The documents go on to claim the aide told police the child was "squirming and pushing" against Barnett, so she "bent down and bit [the child] on the face and the ear."

The child then yelled "no!" then Barnett, "immediately began to rub his cheek," according to the documents.

The documents also state another worker was able to see a visible bite mark on the child's face.

Check back with BigCountryHomepage for any updates on this developing story.

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