A Michigan daycare worker has quit her job at ABC Learning Center in Southfield after witnessing a fellow caretaker allegedly stab children with thumbtacks.

Angelique Turner, 19, told ClickonDetroit that she was at the daycare in November 2018 when she saw the lead caregiver place a thumbtack in her hand and summon children over.

“When I first saw it, I knew that’s not what you do to kids… I didn’t know what she was going to do with it and then she called the children over to her and like, poked one in the shoulder.”


Turner kept an eye on the caregiver the following day to see if she could catch her in the act. Sure enough, the lead caregiver used a thumbtack again.

This time, Turner used her phone video camera to film the lead caregiver poking another child.

According to The Detroit News, the video “involved the employee hugging a child while placing a palm on the child’s back to press the thumbtack into the child’s shoulder.”

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The 19-year-old chose not to show the program director the incident first because the lead caregiver is her daughter. Instead, she showed the video to the child’s parent.

Afterward, she showed the program director. Turner explained:

“She was like, ‘Well why didn’t you come to me first instead of going to the parent first?’ And I thought, well that’s not how that should go, because it’s your daughter that’s doing it. Why would I come to you?”

Sure enough, the program director didn’t report the incident.

The daycare has since been shut down by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs with an emergency order. Their license is currently suspended and the state is working to revoke it.

The order cites the video evidence and the program director’s failure to report the incident as reasons for the closure.

Police and Child Protective Services conducted an investigation and the lead caregiver has since been charged with misdemeanor assault and battery.

Turner quit her job the week she filmed the alleged abuse.

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6 Replies to “Day Care Is Closed After Worker Films Lead Caregiver Stabbing Child With Thumbtack During Hug”

  • Laura Salazar 2 years ago

    Good for her. I’m so proud of this young lady for stepping up and doing the right thing. I hope someone in her area sees the story and offers her a new job.

  • Granny 2 years ago

    This young woman has compassion, empathy, morals, and many ethics. Good for her for doing the right thing.

  • Katie 2 years ago

    Hope this young lady finds a job that deserves her. Good luck.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    This is why I refused to put my children in daycare. I was a stay at home mom and yes, we struggled but it was all worth it to keep them safe from a daycare nightmare. I have heard too many stories like this and worse. No thank you. I hope this daycare never opens again!

  • Donna Marie 2 years ago

    Daycares are not like they use to be in the 70s and 80s….what is going on with people hurting innocent children….sooo much mental issues in the daycares. I’m thank the Lord that none of my children ever experienced such horror. Now they are parents and my daughter and daughter-in-law decide to be stay at home moms.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    this is why I ran a home day care….my children were abused at our care givers home and I was absolutely destroyed…it made me feel like a horrible mother and I pulled my children out the day it came to light…I then was asked to sub for a day care provider that was pregnant and I felt that it was wonderful to do this and also to provide a place no parent would ever worry that their child was not given the best of care and the most love that they could find….10 years I had my day care and started with the same children that I ended with..they still bring their kids over for me to love on..I am thankful I
    was able to help other parents to work and feel their children were in safe hands this care place should be punished !!!! closed for good~

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