OAKLAND -- A former teacher who is facing a lawsuit for allegedly "hogtying" a 2-year-old girl at a Pleasanton church preschool will not face criminal charges in the matter, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Angela Calcagno, 25, a former teacher at Centerpointe Church and Preschool is accused -- by the parents of the girl -- of tightly binding their daughter's hands and feet with masking tape when she wouldn't tap a nap, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in March in Contra Costa Superior Court. Police investigated the case and handed it to the district attorney.
"We reviewed the evidence and declined to charge," said Alameda County District Attorney's office spokeswoman Teresa Drenick. She declined to elaborate on the decision.
Police learned of the alleged abuse after Calcagno shared photos of the bound child with fellow teachers and the child's mother at a social gathering earlier this year, according to the suit.
The parents, who are not identified by name in the suit to protect the identity of the child, are suing for false imprisonment, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence. Calcagno could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
The parents claim in the lawsuit that the alleged abuse has caused panic attacks and sleeplessness. The girl was bound for more than an hour, the suit says.
The suit was filed in Contra Costa County, but that appears to be an error. The church and preschool are located in Pleasanton, in Alameda County; the suit says that they are located in Pleasant Hill, which is in Contra Costa County.
The parents' attorney, Gregory Walston, did not return a call for comment Wednesday.
The parents are also suing the preschool for negligence, negligent hiring and supervision, breach of oral contract and fraud. They accuse the school of "flagrantly disregarding" state regulations that ban Calcagno from teaching.
In March, the state's Department of Social Services permanently barred Calcagno from working in any state-regulated child care institution after investigators substantiated claims that she had bound the toddler with tape for refusing to nap. Calcagno appealed the ban but a date has yet to be set for an appeals hearing, said state Department of Social Services spokesman Michael Weston.