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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

An eastern Iowa Department of Human Services child protective worker is charged with assaulting two children in her own home.

Virginia Jones, 38 has been working with the Linn County Department of Human Services since 2006, and according to the criminal complaint she allegedly slapped and hit an 8-year old girl and 13-year old boy.

According to complaint, Jones allegedly assaulted the 8-year old girl by striking her in the back, neck and legs, leaving several bruises and red areas.

But her alleged assaults didn't stop there, the complaint goes on to say Jones slapped a 13-year-old boy in the face before pulling his hair.

All this allegedly happening right inside her home on Chestnut Valley Road, in Northwest Cedar Rapids.

The 13-year old took pictures of the 8-year old's injuries and gave them straight to investigators, according to the complaint.

We tried getting more information about the relationship, if any between the two children and Jones, but assistant Linn County Attorney Laurie Craig says she couldn't give any further details.

Amy McCoy, spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Human Services says at this point there is no "end date" for Jones, meaning she has not yet been fired.

However McCoy says a criminal charge could have an impact on Jones' employment.

On December 10, Jones will be arraigned in the Linn County Associate District Court on two charges: assault causing bodily injury,a serious misdemeanor, assault, a simple misdemeanor.

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