On May 13, 2014, West Palm Beach Police began investigating a child abuse allegation at the Apostolic Child Development Center, 800 14th St. A one-year-old victim was treated at a local hospital for an injury to her sublingual frenulum (the tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth). The victim said her teacher, (Zully Marilu Ruiz Yapan), caused the injury. According to medical professionals, this type of injury occurs when an object is shoved into an infant’s or toddler’s mouth. On scene, at the school, Yapan denied any involvement.
The Apostolic Child Development Center has video inside its classrooms. The video surveillance from within Zully’s classroom revealed evidence consistent with medical findings and contradictory to Yapan’s statement. The video also revealed a second victim, a two-year-old child. During interviews with detectives, Yapan admitted that her actions toward both victims was abusive. Yapan was charged with two-counts of child abuse and will face a Palm Beach County Judge in the morning.