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The First Rule of Toddler Fight Club is "No Pinching, Only Punching"

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By Adam Ramirez on August 21, 2012 2:11 PM

Three Delaware women were charged with operating a toddler fight club at the daycare center where they worked. [The first rule of toddler fight club is do not talk about toddler fight club.]

If you're wondering what a toddler fight club is, it's exactly what it sounds like. The three women are accused of throwing two- and three-year-olds into an arena where the toddlers were told to duke it out, reports CBS.

The police have video of the alleged daycare fight club and the three women are now facing a variety of criminal charges. [The second rule of toddler fight club is do not take cell phone video of toddler fight club.]

The toddler fight club allegedly happened at the Hands of Our Future Daycare in Dover, Delaware. Authorities say that the three women arrested for the toddler fights can be seen and heard in the video encouraging the children to fight.

In one video, a child begins to cry and complains that he is being pinched. One of the adult women then pushes the child back into the fray and is overheard saying "no pinching, only punching," reports CBS. [The third rule of toddler fight club is if someone says "stop" or pinches, the fight is over.

The three women -- Tiana Harris, Lisa Parker, and Estefania Myers -- have been charged with assault, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangering and conspiracy. For the child endangerment charges alone, the women could each be sentenced to two years in jail.

Along with criminal penalties, the women and the Hands of Our Future Daycare could also face civil penalties such as losing their licenses to supervise children and fines. Parents of the children involved in the toddler/daycare fight club could also sue both the women individually as well as the daycare center for emotional trauma and other injuries suffered by the children.

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