Behavioural therapist charged following alleged assault on 8-year-old boy in home

Jan 24 2020, 12:52 pm

A 31-year-old behavioural therapist has been charged following an ongoing assault investigation.

According to Toronto police, on Friday, January 17, a behavioural therapist was providing services to an eight-year-old-boy at a home in the Dufferin Street and Queen Street West area when she allegedly assaulted the boy.

On Thursday, January 23, members of the Child & Youth Advocacy Centre arrested Amelia Chandra, of Toronto.

She is facing two charges that include assault and assault causing bodily harm.

Police said that Chandra was employed by AlphaBee Autism ABA Behavioral Therapy Services in Toronto, and provided behavioural therapy in various homes across Toronto.

AlphaBee has released a statement following the arrest, and they said they have suspended Chandra.

“As soon as we became aware of this situation, in accordance with the law, our policies and procedures, we immediately suspended the employee and removed her from active service,” said AlphaBee CEO Dunya Marigan-Wintersen. “Yesterday, the accused was taken into custody by police. At this time, the two other families who also worked with the accused have been notified and additional resources and support have been offered.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2922, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on their Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).