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.”
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.