Local daycare provider accused of child abuse

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A local daycare provider is accused of child abuse. Shannon Perkins, 34, is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday on suspicion of felony willful cruelty to a child. 

According to a search warrant, her ex-boyfriend, who she lives with, provided the sheriff’s office video from their in-home surveillance system captured Thursday. Investigators said Perkins is seen throwing an infant on the ground, slamming him on a couch, shaking the infant, choking him and violently slapping him on the back of the head three times. 

Perkins runs the facility out of her home on Randall Street in northwest Bakersfield. According to the state child care licensing division, Perkins is approved to care for up to eight children. 

She is being held on $20,000 bail. 

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