Jessica Mills was charged with a third count of aggravated abuse and cruelty toward a child. [Panama City Police Department]

Childcare Worker Arrested

A childcare worker has been arrested for striking a child during a diaper change.

Detectives with the Panama City Police Department were notified by the Department of Children
and Families of an incident that had occurred at a local child development center within Panama

Through the course of their investigations and using surveillance video, detectives learned that
Jessica C. Mills, 38, had struck the child with a closed fist during a diaper change, threw a
diaper in his face and forced his legs into his abdomen. According to the DCF report, the child
had severe bruising from the incident.

Mills was charged with aggravated abuse, cruelty toward a child and booked into the Bay County

PCPD is asking the public if they are aware of any additional acts on children possibly in Mills’ care to contact the department at 850-872-3100, or they can report tips anonymously via the “Panama City PD” Tip411 app.

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