CRIME

Day care worker denies force-feeding babies, kicking seat

This booking photograph released by the Manchester Police Department shows Chelsea Blais, arrested Tuesday, March 21, 2017, and charged with four counts of misdemeanor simple assault of infants she was tending in a daycare center in Manchester, N.H. (Manchester Police Department via AP)

This booking photograph released by the Manchester Police Department shows Chelsea Blais, arrested Tuesday, March 21, 2017, and charged with four counts of misdemeanor simple assault of infants she was tending in a daycare center in Manchester, N.H. (Manchester Police Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A former New Hampshire day care worker accused of forcibly feeding three infants and kicking a bouncy seat that had a baby on it has pleaded not guilty.

Chelsea Blais was charged with four counts of misdemeanor simple assault. She waived her arraignment. A lawyer entered the not guilty plea on her behalf Wednesday. Her trial is scheduled for April 28.

The 32-year-old Blais worked for the Alpha Bits Learning Center in Manchester. She was arrested Tuesday.

In a police affidavit, staffers say Blais force-fed several babies, keeping bottles in their mouths as they gagged and threw up. One staffer says she saw Blais kick a bouncy seat that had a baby who was "fussing."

Blais hung up on a reporter's phone call. A message seeking comment was left with her lawyer.