Video: Dance Teacher Charged With Assault of 8-Year-Old Autistic Performer


Things got a bit out of control backstage at a recent dance recital in Spokane.

KXLY-TV reports that a dance teacher is now facing child assault charges after witnesses said she hit and choked one of the dancers before the show. Worse yet, the dancer is 8 years old and autistic. The accused, Cynthia Hamilton, later told police that she restrained the child and slapped her to get into focus. According to police, the instructor said she was worried that the child was having a seizure because her eyes were not focused and she was foaming at the mouth.

But witnesses told a different story, and police said they interviewed the child and have photos of injuries that indicate bruising, swelling and scratches on her arms, face and body.

Hamilton is charged with second degree assault.