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METHUEN, Mass. – Two young boys were locked in a dark closet, deprived of the lunches their mothers packed for them and beaten with a “teacher’s stick,” according to a lawsuit filed against a day care in Methuen, Massachusetts.

According to WFXT-TV, an attorney representing the mothers of the victims filed the civil lawsuit earlier this week in Essex Superior Court against the Children’s Center of the Faith United Methodist Church, alleging battery, assault, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, and invasion of privacy, court documents indicate.

Defendants in the lawsuit obtained by WFXT include the president of the Children’s Center, a handful of directors, and a trio of employees. They were identified as Mark Siegel, Sandra Lumb, William Callahan, Jennifer Picard, Leticia Cordero, Iris Cordero, Yarlene Betances, Unexie Santos and a Jane Doe.

According to the lawsuit, one of the victims, age 4, was “frequently” locked in a dark supply closet near the gymnasium as a form of punishment. Staffers at the day care allegedly told the boy that monsters were in the closet to scare him.

The lawsuit states the boy was routinely physically abused as a punishment, and employees beat him with what they called the “teacher’s stick.” The day care is also accused of failing to prevent the victim’s peers from bullying him. Additionally, when the boy had to use the bathroom, employees would reportedly “lock him in the restroom and shut the lights off.”

The boy further claimed that he was restrained to the point where he couldn’t breathe and was pinched and scratched by staffers. According to the lawsuit, the boy wasn’t allowed to eat the food his mother packed in his lunch box.

The other victim, age 3, was said to be locked in the same closet, and when he screamed for help, staffers allegedly told him to “shut the [expletive] up.” He also reported being beaten with the “teacher’s stick” and frequently being called a “baby.”

According to WFXT, both victims also claimed that they were often referred to as “disgusting” for having to use the bathroom.

The lawsuit showed both boys suffer from PTSD, anxiety, night terrors, and self-confidence issues, and they are now undergoing intensive therapy.

The mothers of the boys also reported “significant damage” from emotional distress and lost wages.

On Facebook, the Children’s Center was described as having a “loving, warm, nurturing, and safe environment for children.”

That Facebook page has since been taken down, according to WFXT.