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Behavioural therapist charged with allegedly assaulting 8-year-old boy

Last Updated Jan 24, 2020 at 8:34 pm EDT

Amelia Chandra is facing charges after allegedly assaulting an 8-year-old boy during a behavioural therapy session. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service

A behavioural therapist has been charged with assault after an incident with an 8-year-old boy last Friday.

Police say the therapist was providing services to the boy at a home in the Dufferin and Queen Streets area.

During the session, she allegedly assaulted the boy.

Amelia Chandra, 31, was arrested on Thursday by Toronto police’s Child and Youth Advocacy Centre and was charged with assault and assault causing bodily harm.

She was scheduled to appear in court at 10 a.m. Friday.

Chandra was employed by AlphaBee Autism ABA Behavioral Therapy Services in Toronto, and provided behavioural therapy in various homes across Toronto.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, AlphaBee CEO Dunya Marijan-Winterson says as soon as they became aware of the police investigation, the employee was suspended and removed from active service.

“We have zero tolerance for harassment and abuse of any kind and take these allegations extremely seriously. We value the trust families place in us to work with their children each and every day, and we will continue to work hard to earn that trust,” said Marijan-Winterson.

“At this time, the two other families who also worked with the accused have been notified and additional resources and support have been offered.”