Nursery mistreatment: the Court of Appeal confirms the sentences and bans the four women from the profession of educators for two years. Thus ended the hearing that took place this morning, Tuesday 21 September, at the Court of Appeal of Florence.
Azzurra Marzocchi, defended by lawyers Riccardo Lottini and Diego Innocenti and Manuela Seggiani, defended by lawyer Roberto Cerboni had been sentenced by the judge for the preliminary hearing Marco Mezzaluna to two years for the crime of ill-treatment, while their collaborators Alessia Berti and Costanza He died, defended by the lawyers Carlo Valle and Angela Porcelli a year and a half. All were then suspended on probation and were acquitted of the charge of abandonment of a minor.
In the first instance, no ancillary penalty was applied: now the four women have been banned by the judge of the second section of the Florence Court of Appeal for two years from the profession of educators and have been sentenced to pay the legal costs of the civil parties. Berti and Mori, the only two defendants present in the courtroom, burst into tears as they read the sentence.
Also in the courtroom were the lawyers of the families and children who attended the kindergarten: Alessandro Antichi, Federica Ambrogi, Giada Isidori, Serena Iazzetta, also representing the lawyers Sergio Frediani, Elisabetta Teodosio, Tommaso Galletti and Riccardo Boccini.
“Azzurriano method”, judge Marco Mezzaluna defined it in the motivation of the sentence, indicating a system that had been developed by the owner of the asylum, Azzurra Marzocchi. It was two teachers who had collaborated with the structure to tell the police what was happening inside the kindergarten. Police officers had installed some video cameras inside the structure and had filmed the mistreatment. “Screams, small pats to strengthen command, but also food forced into the mouth for uncooperative children”: this is how the first instance judge described them in the reasons for the sentence.
Excesses, therefore, which had also been admitted by Marzocchi herself during the guarantee questioning. The camp was then cleared of the images taken by the video cameras that “reinforced the reliability of the reports of the two former employees – Judge Mezzaluna wrote – We can therefore speak of a general climate that prevailed within the kindergarten, which it favored the aggressive approach in the most problematic moments when the children were having tantrums, usually during meals. In other words, it was a way of approaching children even at an early age which, prompted and implemented by the two owners, was received and applied by the other co-defendants, as demonstrated by the filming “.
(article edited by Francesca Gori, MaremmaOggi.net)
GROSSETO – The convictions for the educators of the blue tree nursery have been confirmed on appeal. Two years for Azzurra Marzocchi and Manuela Seggiani, respectively owner and partner of Albero Azzurro. A year and a half instead the sentence for Costanza Mori and Alessia Berti two teachers of the same kindergarten.
The kindergarten was closed after an investigation that revealed a picture of mistreatment of the little guests of the facility.
The court of appeal, in addition to confirming the first-degree sentence, ordered a ban from the profession of educator for the same number of years as the sentence. In fact, I tighten the sentence.
Compensation for damages was also confirmed to the families assisted by the lawyer Alessandro Antichi and to the Municipality of Grosseto which had filed a civil action and was assisted by the lawyer Federica Ambrogi.
The accusatory system that saw the teachers sharing a climate within the kindergarten was completely confirmed: the so-called Azzurriano method was followed by all, it was not isolated episodes. The images taken by the cameras inside the classrooms shocked the parents. The children were all considered an offended party, not only those who suffered the mistreatment, but also those who witnessed the harassment of their peers. Also present in the courtroom were the lawyers Giada Isidori and Serena Iazzetta.