Arizona parents Rylee Umstead and Rocio Enriquez were told their 15-month-old daughter, Mila, was bitten at daycare — but couldn’t believe what they saw when they took her home.
On Thursday, Umstead picked up his little girl from Sunrise Preschools in Maricopa and was “shocked” when he checked her back, he told 3TV:
“I lifted up her shirt just a little bit, and it freaked me out.”
The toddler had at least eight bite marks going down her back that appeared red and bruised. Now, the parents want answers.
Enriquez said she was told the daycare worker responsible for watching Mila and three other children was busy changing a diaper when the toddler was bitten.
She told Fox 10:
“How does this happen? I immediately come home and inspected her and I definitely saw red marks and I’m like, what happened to my child? This is not just a biting incident, this was just her. They weren’t able to control it. That’s children that were in the classroom, so imagine if it was a full classroom what could’ve happened.”
Mila allegedly got the bites when she was taking a nap and another child climbed on top of her. But the mother doesn’t understand how the caretaker didn’t notice:
“She had to have screamed multiple times.”
The daycare worker has been “suspended without pay pending further investigation,” Sunrise Preschools said in a statement.
However, Enriquez said the caretaker should face harsher consequences. She told Fox 10:
“Why is the child paying the consequences when it should be the teacher? And the teacher should get the consequences because a child doesn’t know better, that’s why the pay trained individuals to watch the kids.”
Sunrise Preschools said that video showed the attacked occurred while the daycare worker changed a child’s diaper, but Mila’s parents want to see the footage for themselves.
The daycare said in a statement:
We are truly sorry for an incident that occurred at our new center in Maricopa.Sunrise Preschools considers safety of the children in our care job one. It is our first priority… Sunrise is following internal policies and procedures as well as licensing regulations and employment law requirements throughout the investigative process. But we are also determined to do more. We are reviewing our procedures. We are studying what happened. Additional steps are being evaluated to do everything possible to keep this from happening again.
The child who bit Mila has since been suspended from the daycare, Sunrise Preschools confirmed.