Police have charged a former cafeteria monitor at a Montville school who they say pushed an 11-year-old student, causing him to fall out of his chair and onto the floor.
Authorities say 53-year-old Ricarla Horsley, of Montville, faces charges of risk of injury to a child and breach of peace.
According to police records, the investigation stared last month after the mother of the fourth-grade student at Dr. Charles E. Murphy School in Montville sought a police report about the incident.
Police said a cafeteria surveillance camera showed Horsley using an open palm to push the child's head back until he fell last March.
The child told police his head hurt for a few days.
Horsley, who police documents say was fired after the encounter, declined comment Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.
She remains free on bond and is due back in court Feb. 21.