Florida mom Zakeria Ross said her 10-month-old son, Zaheem, was “happy” before he headed off for his first day at Small Miracles Learning Center.
But now, the family is speaking out after they allegedly found him covered in cuts and bruises after his stay at the daycare center, according to WVSN.
Patricia Johnson, the boy’s paternal grandmother, discovered the injuries when she went to check on him in the afternoon. She told the news outlet:
“We walked into the back room. I saw the young lady holding my grandson with a plastic glove with ice on his mouth. So I looked, and I just got so scared and nervous that I just picked him up and took him to Plantation General Hospital.”
Doctors said the boy had injuries to his face and head. Zaheem’s maternal grandmother, Robbie Pierre, said that the boy’s condition left Johnson “hysterical.”
She told Dearly:
“No family should fear this happening especially at a daycare. This madness must stop.”
The daycare center told the family that Zaheem got the injuries when he fell out of a walker, but Pierre said she had doubts about the story. She told WVSN:
“Unless he fell and bounced and fell and bounced and fell and bounced again, there’s no way he could have sustained those types of injuries.”
Small Miracles Learning Center citations during previous inspections cleanliness and training issues but passed an inspection last September.
Lauderhill Police are now investigating after the family reported the incident.
The family also contacted the Florida Department of Children and Families about the 10-month-old’s injuries.
Zaheem’s story is similar to that of a 4-year-old Mississippi boy, who was found with left with his face covered in scratches after a daycare stay, Dearly reported. The daycare that boy was attending was not licensed.
No charges have been filed in the 10-month-old’s case as of yet.