When Alyssa Salgado picked up her daughter, Lilayiah, from daycare on February 1, she couldn’t help but notice a patch of red skin between the toddler’s eyebrows.Alyssa Salgado/Facebook
In a post on Facebook, Salgado wrote she thought the red mark was a scratch at first; upon closer inspection, however, the source of the discoloration became clear:
Then I go pick up my daughter yesterday and saw a red mark in between her eye brows I think it’s a scratch but as soon as a get home I get a closer look these WOMEN decided to WAX MY DAUGHTERS uni brow (sic).
The Washington mom claimed she contacted the director of the daycare, administered by the Boys and Girls Club of Benton and Franklin Counties, about the two-year-old’s missing hair only to be given “multiple excuses”:
…[Then] this morning I take my daughter in person to the director. She laughs in my face telling me a bunch of lies and I do get upset!!!
Salgado expressed her anger over the daycare having allegedly altered the little girl’s appearance: “I AM A MOTHER NOTHING LIKE THIS SHOULD EVER HAPPEN AND THEY HAD NO RIGHT TO TOUCH MY DAUGHTER AT ALL.”Alyssa Salgado/Facebook
I birthed my daughter and love every little thing about her and these so called women took it upon themselves to correct the way my daughter should look…
In an interview with KEPR-TV, Salgado said she noticed the distinct change in her daughter’s appearance at pickup:
“I, like, got a closer look and I saw she was missing her patch of hair because she has a unibrow and she was born like that.”
A doctor reportedly confirmed a patch of hair was missing between the toddler’s eyebrows, remarking there had been hair between the eyebrows during previous visits.
According to KEPR-TV, following the incident, Salgado reached out to other mothers at the daycare, including Glenda Maria Cruz, who claimed her son had his eyebrows waxed as well.
In a post on Facebook, Cruz explained she and another parent confronted the daycare operator, who insisted staff had not touched the children’s eyebrows.Glenda Maria Cruz/Facebook
As Cruz wrote in part:
…I know a lot of you are going to say this not a big deal but honestly for me it is because their skin is really delicate and no lady has the right to do this to any kid…
…honestly I don’t know how other moms will react if this was your child for me I feel like this is a warning like they did this what’s next…
Cruz alleged that after expressing her concerns, the daycare operator told her “no one was forcing” Cruz to bring her child to the facility.Glenda Maria Cruz/Facebook
Cruz told KEPR-TV the pain allegedly inflicted on her son by waxing his eyebrows lingered past the incident:
“I tried to touch his face. He doesn’t let me touch his face. He says, ‘No, No, stop,’ and it hurts me because that’s my baby.”
Commenters on both Facebook posts have claimed the alleged waxing is a form of child abuse.
In a statement to KEPR-TV, Boys & Girls Club executive director Brian Ace said the organization “takes these allegations seriously and will work to support the investigation process.”
According to the Tri-City Herald, the organization said it is “committed to operating safe and supportive programs,” and “has been recognized for providing quality programs serving youth of all ages.”
A post on the Columbia Basin College Facebook page stated the Washington Department of Early Learning would be launching an investigation in addition to that of the Boys and Girls Club of Benton and Franklin counties.
The daycare, located on the campus of Columbia Basin College, is operated for the Pasco School District for New Horizons High School students. Both Cruz and Salgado have reportedly removed their children from the daycare.
Salgado, who announced in her Facebook post her focus on graduating, told the Tri-City Herald she no longer has childcare, which makes a return to class impossible. “I just want them to figure out who did this to my daughter. I don’t feel comfortable leaving my children there,” she said.