A parent accused of attacking a teacher last week at the daycare inside Zavala Elementary School said she's innocent. She's speaking out so everyone can hear her side of the story.
28-year-old Erica Shaw is facing multiple charges including a 3rd degree felony. Shaw was arrested last Wednesday, “The Clubhouse Cadets” which is operated inside the school. “After being a member at Zavala Elementary for years, I would never walk into that school, hit a staff, threaten a staff, or even curse,” she said.
Shaw said the incident started because she was upset at the daycare workers for calling Child Protective Services for what looked like a bruise on her 2-year-old daughters face, and wanted to know why she wasn't contacted first. “I went to the school for an explanation as to why this happened to me without me being notified, or without an investigation being held.”
According to an arrest affidavit, one of the daycare workers "Approached Shaw and asked her numerous times to calm down." "Shaw became increasingly aggressive, raising her hands in the air with closed fists acting like she was going to hit" the daycare worker. Shaw said she is the victim. “She walks up on me and she elbows me in the chest, and we started fighting. I did not walk in and start hitting people. I was attacked, and at that moment, I walked in and went into flight or fight mode.”
The affidavit said "In fear of being struck, the daycare worker pushed Shaw back, and that is when Shaw began to punch" and "Several parents and staff members ran to the aid of the worker, assisting to stop the assault." Shaw said the daycare worker hit her first and she was ganged up on. “Another one of the daycare workers runs up from across the classroom and joins the fight. She's holding my hand, she grabs a pen, and sticks me in my hand. She said at that point she was bleeding, her eyes were blackened, and her nose almost broken.
Shaw said she will take any measures to prove that her side of the story is true. “If I have to pay for a lie detector test, I will do that. If I have to pay for their lie detector test, I will do that,” she said. “I love children, and I love my children, and as a mother of 3 I just really want to clear my name because I am innocent.”
Shaw said she asked the school if they had any cameras to be able to prove her story, but she was told the school has cameras everywhere but the daycare.
She said her daughter was only enrolled at the daycare for about a month, her two other children have been going to the actual school for about 3 years and have had a clean slate.
We did reach out to AISD, but they said they had no comment on the case.