Furious Mum Shares Photos of Her Toddler’s Bruised Feet After Daycare Workers Taped Her Shoes on to Stop Her Taking Them Off
Nothing makes us parents see red faster than learning that someone we trusted to care for our child has abused or mistreated them. This case certainly demonstrates that point perfectly.
A mum in North Carolina in the US has shared images of her little girl’s feet after she picked her child up from her daycare centre.
Shockingly, the staff had used masking tape to tape Jessica Hayes’ 17-month-old daughter’s little shoes to her feet, taping her delicate skin tightly around her ankles in an attempt at stopping the little one from removing her shoes.
The mother of the child posted several photos of the situation on social media with the caption: “Does anyone see an issue with this? And am I the only one?”
Hayes later wrote that she was not happy about the incident.
“I am upset that this happened to my child as someone was clearly upset that she was learning (to) take her shoes off and (has) done it out of being aggravated. This was also not just her shoes being taped up. It was around her ankle. My 17-month-old child was unable to say anything,” wrote Hayes.
“This was left on long enough and tight enough to leave marks, cause swelling, and bruise.”
When she saw the tape at pick up time, Hayes immediately took the issue to the director of the daycare centre. She claims the director was “just as speechless” as she was.
“I went to take the tape off and my daughter was crying as this was obviously uncomfortable to her. I proceeded to call and speak with the director to inform this has left marks on my child. Pleasant Hill Day Care took appropriate action and dismissed the two employees involved. There was a note to all parents to make aware an incident did occur. I have personally spoken with the director and viewed the footage together. We both feel the appropriate action was taken,” wrote Hayes.
Despite the incident, Hayes has stood by her decision to keep her child in the daycare centre, adding that she has many years of experience with the centre and is confident that this issue will not happen again.
“I sent my daughter to Pleasant Hill Day Care as I went there as a child and so did her father. This place helped raise both of us and most of the people are still there today. I appreciate all (the) staff (at) this daycare. This being said, my daughter will continue to go to Pleasant Hill Day Care as I am a single parent with not much family to help me with my child. I trust this daycare to watch her so I can go to work and provide for us,” wrote Hayes.
“My daughter went straight back to the daycare the very next day and rest of the week. I am positive this won’t happen to another child.”
Commenting on the incident director of Pleasant Hill, Maehsell Marley said in a statement: “Pleasant Hill Day Care in no way condones or allows any practice that would be harmful to a child.
“We have an outstanding group of caregivers who strive to meet the highest of expectations on a daily basis for the children in our care, and what occurred in the shoe-taping incident is not a representation of who we are.”
Source: Facebook/Jessica Hayes