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Trial delayed for former special ed teacher accused of abuse

Updated Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009 | 2:02 p.m.

A trial has been moved to March for a former special education teacher charged with hitting five autistic children with a yardstick.

Mamie Hubbard-Washington, 66, faces five counts of abuse, neglect or endangerment of a child after allegations that she disciplined students by using physical force.

She pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The trial was scheduled to start Sept. 8. District Court Judge Donald Mosley reset it to March 22 at the request of both attorneys.

The parents of the five children, ages 6 to 8, reported in April 2007 that their kids came home with bruises. One child reportedly had scratches on his neck and another had a broken tooth from being slammed head-first into his desk by Hubbard-Washington, according to court documents.

Teachers’ aides told police that Hubbard-Washington would punch, pinch and yell at the children and hit them with a yardstick.

Hubbard-Washington worked at Doris Reed Elementary School, 2501 Winwood. The Clark County School District said she hasn't been employed with the district since August 2007.

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