This afternoon I just grabbed a fresh brewed cup of coffee and sat down at the computer, opened the news and skimmed the headlines. When I saw the headline 3-Year-Old's Head Injury Caused by Day Care Worker - it didn't make my heart skip... yet.
It wasn't until I was scrolling down the page and saw "MISSOURI" and I swallowed hard. That's when my heart skipped.
Our oldest daughter and her husband live in Missouri.
And last Fall had a go-around with an awful, horrible daycare center where they live.
One day she went to pick up their 3 year old and met the class in the gym where they play until the parents come for pick-up, only to be greeted with her little one sporting a bloody, fat lip and a red mark on the cheek.
She asked what happened... and no one seemed to know. And because her little one had literally just turned 3 years old, their speech wasn't advanced enough to explain. The 3 year old also tended to get quiet and 'shy' when at daycare... although that was absolutely not their personality.
No one had an answer.
And they said it must have 'just' happened so no one had wrote up an incident report. They actually acted like it was no big deal.
My daughter went ahead and checked her child out, took photos, and when she got home, Facetimed me so I could see it as well.
The next day she asked the office about it.
They didn't know what she was talking about.
They said they would have the director call her but the director was at their 'other location' and wouldn't be in until the next day.
One thing after another and no answers!
Her husband went into the office to demand to talk to someone...anyone that could tell him what happened.
He also insisted on viewing the security tape.
They would not let him see them - siting 'privacy concerns' because the security tapes show other children in the daycare; not just theirs. Which is... weird because hello? We see the kids every single day dropping off, picking up, outside of preschool on playdates, etc. suddenly because there are kids on the security tape, no parents can view them?
They told him they would view them and get back to him.
About 4 days later they finally did; and said the tapes showed nothing.
It happened in a corner of the gym where the camera's couldn't reach.
They basically just shrugged their shoulders, said they had no idea how his injury happened... the end.
In a nutshell... In the end, nothing was ever done. It's a very, very large and 'well connected' daycare so fighting them would have been a waste of time and a lot of money. (No their child never went back to this daycare after that day!)
We have no idea if the very young, very arrogant but inexperienced teacher still worked there or not. We do know that children were either kicked out of her class or dropped out voluntarily in droves! It was easy to see because there were cubby's with children's names on them that no longer attended... even some that left so abruptly they still had paperwork in their cubbies. And preschool had only been in session about 4 weeks!!!!
But in the end, this story was out of St. Louis. Not the city where my daughter lives.
After I saw the city and realized it wasn't the same daycare... I did read the story and then watched the video. I almost started to cry. I was picturing those poor children being dropped off at 'daycare' or 'preschool' everyday and being locked up with such a horrible, hurtful person. Those little people often don't have the words to tell us what is going on, or what is being done to them at daycare... and my heart broke.
As I watch children being thrown away in our society (the laws just passed that allow abortions right up to BIRTH and no care for babies born alive after abortions) it sickens me. It just literally turns my stomach. Just such little, innocent people...
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Charges have been filed against two Missouri day care center workers after surveillance video showing a 3-year-old girl being thrown against a cabinet went viral.
The girl's family said they were initially told the girl fell, but five days later watched surveillance video with the center's director that showed a worker throwing the child into a cabinet.
A warrant has been issued for Brown's arrest. Brown doesn't have a publicly listed telephone number and couldn't be reached for comment by The Associated Press.
Prosecutors also charged 22-year-old Ariana Silver for a separate incident on Feb. 27 that was also allegedly captured by surveillance video. Charging documents allege Silver squeezed a 4-year-old girl's arm and punctured her skin, and then carried the girl by her foot.
Silver is jailed on $50,000 bond. Jail records don't show whether she has an attorney, and she doesn't have a publicly listed home phone number.
Both women have been fired, according to Timothy Smith, an attorney for the day care center.
Smith said the center is cooperating with investigators and "has provided exemplary, high quality educational and child care services to thousands of children and their families for more than a decade." The attorney said teachers and staff are properly trained, and the center works to provide a safe environment.