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WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Four former Great Circle employees have been charged for abusing a young child.

Last month, the behavioral health organization shut down its residential treatment facility in Webster Groves following an FBI raid and the arrests of the employees.

According to charging documents from Webster Groves Police Department, Andrew Wright, 27, Amara Jorden, 23, Wayne Anthony Roberts Jr., 25, and Dwayne Jennings, 22, are charged with abuse of healthcare recipient. Jorden is charged with two counts of abuse of a healthcare recipient after she abused a "40 pound, nonverbal autistic child on multiple occasions", police said.

In information provided by police, it does not say the details surrounding the charges of the other three employees.

According to reports, the charges stem from an incident on Jan. 19, and list the occupations of those arrested as a teacher, youth care specialist and an intensive behavioral technician. All four are currently at large, police said.

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Neil Riley, 24, is charged with nine counts of abuse of a healthcare recipient. 

On March 17, Webster Groves police announced charges against  24-year-old Neil Riley. He is charged with nine counts of abuse of a healthcare recipient.

According to charging documents, Riley was a youth care specialist at Great Circle. Police say Riley is seen on video surveillance assaulting a non-verbal autistic 14-year-old numerous times. Throughout the video, he is seen throwing, slapping, punching, hitting and striking the victim in his head. On one occasion, he is seen striking the teen in the back of the head causing him to fall to the ground.

His bond is set at $150,000 cash only.

Great Circle is Missouri's largest provider of residential treatment for children with developmental delays or behavioral challenges.

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