Police say a childcare worker for a school church in Barrington was charged on Thursday with battering children on multiple occasions.
Annmarie Dziedzic, 36, of Barrington, was charged with one count of aggravated battery of a child and five counts of aggravated battery in a church.
The Barrington Police Department said that Dziedzic was employed as a childcare worker at the Lutheran Church of the Atonement, 909 East Main Street in Barrington. However, Dziedzic’s LinkedIn profile says she is a teacher at the church.
An investigation was launched on Thursday after an anonymous tip was sent to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
The Barrington Police Department and DCFS began an investigation in conjunction with the church, which led to the felony charges being approved against Dziedzic.
Police say Dziedzic committed battery on children several times. Police did not release the extent of injuries but said none of the victims were seriously injured.
Church officials were “very cooperative and helpful” throughout the investigation, the Barrington Police Department said. No additional information was released on the incidents.
Dziedzic was arrested on Thursday and transported to a Cook County facility pending a bond hearing. A booking photo was not immediately available.
According to the Lutheran Church of the Atonement’s website, the church has a school called Atonement Christian Day School, which opened in 1995.
“Our primary aim is to provide a loving and safe environment for children, which fosters a strong spiritual foundation and an enthusiasm for learning,” their website says.
The school is open to children ages seven weeks to seven years from the community and their congregation. The school says they are licensed by the state of Illinois to operate as a traditional part-day preschool as well as a year-round full-day preschool with extended hours.