When Texas mom Audra Elliott went to pick up her 3-year-old daughter from daycare in August, the child’s caretaker was at the door.
The daycare worker at KinderCare Learning Center told the mother that her daughter was bitten by another child and then bit herself, according to NBCDFW.
But the mother is now suing the worker and the daycare. She claims the bite was inflicted by the adult caretaker watching her child.
Elliott said she became suspicious when her toddler told her that it was the daycare worker that bit her, not another child at the care center.
Then, the bruises on the child’s arm started to appear. The mother said they were much larger than she’d expect from a toddler:
“A child’s bite is, at that age, barely bigger than a quarter.”
The mark appeared to cover the entire back of the little girl’s arm, the mom added.
Elliott took her daughter to a doctor, who confirmed her suspicion. She told NBCDFW:
“I got her a pediatrician appointment and he said, ‘I thought there was a mistake on the chart but by God, that’s an adult bite.'”
The daycare employee was arrested in September after the mother alleged she hurt her child, but has not been charged with a crime.
However, she has since been let go by KinderCare Learning Center, they said in a statement:
The safety of the child in our care is one of our highest priorities. Part of that protocol includes reporting the concern to licensing and CPS and placing the teacher involved on administrative leave while we work with these agencies to look into the matter further.
We follow all of these steps last summer when this concern first came to our attention. The teacher involved in this matter no longer works for KinderCare.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission cited two violations against KinderCare in January, including one for biting a child as an “inappropriate methods of discipline.” However, Elliott was not directly mentioned.
The daycare has not spoken out regarding Elliott’s pending lawsuit.