On February 1, a 3-year-old child was taken to a local hospital via an ambulance after an allegedly “bump her head, when she fall out on carpet.”
According to the unintentional injury report, the Brighter Day Care and Preschool employee also wrote that she called 911 and that the dispatcher said: “Don’t put an ice pack on her.”
As Fox 2 Now reports, it wasn’t until the director of the daycare watched the surveillance footage five days after the incident occurred that the child’s parents learned what really happened to their daughter.
The captured footage shows the 3-year-old sitting at a table with other students when the employee walks over to her.
The worker then grabs the child by the arm, walks toward the other side of the room, and throws the child on the ground with enough force to make her slide even further away.
The gash the child sustained on her head required seven stitches.
The family’s lawyer, Jennifer Hansen, told Fox 2 Now:
“The day care could’ve reviewed that footage at any time. They didn’t and they allowed the day care worker who assaulted this little girl, to continue to work at the facility for five additional days.”
Fox 2 Now also reports that this isn’t the first violation to come out of the St. Louis County daycare and preschool.
Two other incidents occurred in 2016 and another in 2018. In March 2016, a “child fell out of the chair and sustained a left femoral fracture.” In June 2016, staff reportedly “did not have a preventative plan in place” after “(one child was) repeatedly hitting and choking another child.”
And in May 2018, an inspector claimed that a teacher “slam a child down on the cot” and another teacher held “a child by his wrist, dragging him across the room.”
“In no world did this family have any idea that what was called a fall was actually an assault until they came to see that video. […] One of the more egregious aspects of this case is that the daycare director told the family that she did not watch the surveillance tape until the family was with her.”
The employee was fired after the family and the director watched the footage together.
Nonetheless, the daycare director’s attorney released this statement claiming her staff is extremely qualified:
All teachers and staff are properly trained and extremely qualified. Providing a quality education in a safe environment is of the utmost importance to our teachers and staff. It has always been our policy to notify the proper authorities and to fully comply with any investigation. We have and will continue to follow said policy.
Hansen told Fox 2 Now that her clients wish to remain anonymous.