Crime 2 Florida Childcare Workers Allegedly Taunted, Tormented Boy With Autism on Video Posted to Snapchat Snapchat video footage shows the workers "berating, taunting and throwing a backpack" at the boy, police allege By Chris Harris Chris Harris Twitter Chris Harris has been a senior true crime reporter for PEOPLE since late 2015. An award-winning journalist who has worked for Rolling Stone and MTV News, Chris enjoys prog rock, cycling, Marvel movies, IPAs, and roller coasters. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 22, 2017 12:42 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Florida authorities are searching for two childcare workers allegedly caught on Snapchat video footage “berating, taunting and throwing a backpack” at an 8-year-old child with autism, according to a statement from Winter Haven Police obtained by PEOPLE. Suspects Kaderrica Smith, 26, and Alexus Henderson, 19, were employees of Our Children’s Academy, the statement says. Warrants have been issued for the arrests of Smith, who is charged with battery and child abuse, and Henderson, who faces a single count of child neglect. The footage, which runs 3 minutes, allegedly shows the boy hiding underneath a table, crying, as Henderson and Smith ridicule and berate him. Authorities were made aware of the footage on Sept. 1. • Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter. Winter Haven Police Department The police statement alleges that “at one point, the child comes from under the table, runs around the room and attempts to run towards one of the workers when she grabs his arms and does a ‘leg sweep’ causing the child to fall flat on his back.” Later in the video, one of the workers “is shown throwing shoes and a backpack at the child.” Police allege the video shows the boy reacting to the abuse in “both a verbal and physical manner.” The statement says both Henderson and Smith allegedly told their employers they had acted appropriately and did nothing wrong. Both were fired from Our Children’s Academy. Henderson and Smith have had their certifications suspended, preventing them from getting another job working with children. • PEOPLE’s special edition True Crime Stories: 35 Real Cases That Inspired the Show Law & Order is on sale now. The warrant for their arrest was issued Thursday, nearly a week after detectives interviewed the alleged victim. PEOPLE was unable to reach Henderson or Smith Friday, and calls to relatives went unreturned. Police are enlisting the public’s help in their search for the two women. Anyone with information is asked to call (800) 226-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.