MIDDLETOWN - A day care teacher in Middletown is accused of neglecting a toddler with special needs.

Police say 45-year-old Sharon Pehush was observed by a fellow staff member allegedly mistreating a non-verbal 3-year-old at Gene Black School.

The witness says Pehush didn't allow the child to attend any activities for a whole day, including speech therapy or snack time, and used a book shelf to "erect a barrier" against the toddler. Pehush is also accused of leaving the child in a urine-soaked diaper throughout the day.

The witness told the school's principal, who immediately called police. Pehush is now charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Walkill Police Chief Robert Hertman says the child's parents were angered by how their toddler was treated. Other parents were heartbroken to hear the accusations.

Officials say Pehush had been at the school for more than five years.