May 12, 2010
Posted: 03:14 PM ET
Now that a jury has said “not guilty,” now that she is finally free of allegations of child abuse that have hung over her for two years, a former kindergarten teacher from Georgia can reveal that one of the three children who testified against her was her own daughter.
“My own daughter,” Tonya Craft confirmed to TODAY’s Meredith Vieira Wednesday in New York.
“The only thing she had ever said was that I had put medicine on her,” Craft added. But taken along with the testimony of two other young girls, it seemed momentous to prosecutors.
And watching her own daughter presented as a witness against her was devastating.
“That was the absolute hardest thing I’ve ever experienced, because my job as a mother is to protect her,” Craft told Vieira, fighting to control her emotions. “There obviously was no anger toward her. It absolutely broke my heart to see that my daughter had been pretty much indoctrinated to believe things that weren’t true.”
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