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Mom accused of child abuse worked as teaching aide when investigation began


by: Andrew Donovan

CAMILLUS, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The day 44-year-old Susan Orendorf started a new job as a teaching aide in a local school was the same day Camillus Police launched an investigation into suspicions she was abusing her son, NewsChannel 9 is reporting first.

Orendorf worked in a pre-kindergarten classroom at Holy Family School in Fairmount, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse confirms to NewsChannel 9.

Newly hired, she worked the first two days of school: Wednesday, September 7, and Thursday, September 8. She was no longer employed by Friday of the same week, a diocese spokesperson says.

Her first of work coincides with her son’s first day of school at the West Genesee Central School District when a school resource officer noticed signs of possible child abuse and launched an investigation.

Within two weeks, Orendorf was arrested and charged with multiple criminal accusations.

The diocese declined to share further information about the end of Orendorf’s employment, calling it a personnel matter.

2022 Sep 27