A Redwood City elementary school teacher accused of a series of violent attacks on small children who suffer from development disabilities will stand trial later this year, prosecutors said.
Alexia Alika Bogdis, 44 of Millbrae, is charged with five misdemeanor counts of child cruelty and four counts of battery on school grounds, Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.
Bogdis taught a group of 3-to-5 year-old children at Roosevelt Elementary School, prosecutors said.
Her attacks were witnessed by classroom aides, prosecutors said.
Her alleged victims were unable to make statements because of their age and developmental disability, prosecutors said.
A Bay City News article published by the San Francisco Examiner earlier this year reports that Bogdis allegedly slapped student, "twisting a student's wrist and kicking the back of a chair, causing the desk to move forward and strike a student, according to police."
She is also accused of kicking a child in the stomach and depriving a child of food, according to police sources cited in the BCN report.
Bogdis' alleged victims are 4-year-old autistic boys, BCN reports.
Bogdis is free on $15,000 bail. Her trial date is set for Dec. 17.
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