DOVER, Del. — Delaware prison officials are investigating allegations that a group of correctional employees including a warden verbally and physically harassed a woman overseeing a group of preschool children during a park outing.

The May 10 incident involved a dispute over a parking spot at Glasgow Park in northern Delaware, where the prison workers were having a barbecue to celebrate National Correctional Officer Appreciation Week.

Amanda Hobson of Elkton, Maryland, said the prison workers, including Warden Carole Evans, targeted her with vulgar language and obscene gestures in front of the preschoolers because they thought they were entitled to the parking space she was using.

Hobson was forced to call police after the prison workers blocked in her car with one of their vehicles and with a meat smoker, preventing her from leaving.

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