Staffers At Arizona Shelter Caught On Video Dragging, Pushing And Slapping Migrant Children

Videos from inside an Arizona shelter for migrant children show staffers dragging and pushing children across the room, incidents that occurred shortly before the federal government suspended the Southwest Key shelter’s operations in late October, The Arizona Republic reported Friday.

Southwest Key, the parent company of the Hacienda Del Sol shelter, had reported the incidents from mid-September to state authorities and federal officials.

The videos obtained by the newspaper from the state Department of Health Services under public records law involve three children and numerous staffers.

One video reported by the Republic shows a male staffer dragging and pulling a boy into a room, then slapping him and pushing him against a wall.

The child appears to retaliate, then the staffer leaves the room.

In another video, a female staffer can be seen dragging a child through a room when the child refuses to move.

Southwest Key spokesman Jeff Eller did not comment on the videos to the Republic, but did reiterate the company’s acceptance of the facility suspension and a pledge to retrain all staff.

“[T]he investigation determined that while physical force and restraint techniques were used against these minor children, these actions did not rise to the level of criminal charges,” Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez said in a statement to the newspaper.