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Warwick principal charged with failing to report abuse

Colleen Mercurio (Warwick Police Department)

Warwick police said Wednesday that an elementary school principal was charged with failure to report an apparent case of child abuse.

Colleen Mercurio, 55, of Saunderstown, surrendered to police on Friday. She was put on paid administrative leave from Cedar Hill Elementary School.

An investigation determined Mercurio should have reported an unspecified incident in November 2016 to the state Department of Children, Youth and Families under state law.

The charge against Mercurio is a misdemeanor. She is due in court on Dec. 11.

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