IF IT WAS NOT FOR CAMERA SURVEILLANCE PARENTS AND AUTHORITIES WOULD BE NONE THE WISER ABOUT THE REAL REASON FOR A CHILD’S PLAYGROUND INJUIRES AND THAT TEACHERS FAILED TO NOTICE AND RESPOND IN A TIMELY MANNER.
Arkansas, May 2012 - A local child care facility is under a corrective action plan after an investigation by the Department of Human Services (DHS) found a child had been beaten up by another child and was left unattended for about three minutes after the incident.
The investigation into MiChild Enrichment Centre, a non-profit facility that cares for special-needs children, found that a child was attacked by another, receiving a black eye and a scratch on his nose.
An investigative report from DHS states the incident was viewed on camera by childcare licensing specialists, who reported “the victim child was viewed sitting on the rocks in the monkey bar area when another child came over and kicked him in the face. You then see the child fall back in the rocks and lie there. The other child sits on next to the victim and starts hitting him in the face numerous times. From the time the child was kicked in the face until a teacher witnessed the child crying was three minutes.”
The report states one of the licensing specialists spoke to a parent of the victim child, who said she was told of the incident when she picked her child up that afternoon.
“She stated staff told her that her child had a rough day and was hurt on the playground and that he was found gasping for air and crying,” the report states. “When she asked the staff if they had taken the child to the nurse, they told her no, they just loved him. She stated the staff could not tell her what had occurred on the playground area.”
The incident was not reported to the Child Abuse Hotline or the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education at DHS.
The report goes on to state that interviews and surveillance footage reveal the child was injured and unsupervised on the playground for a total of three minutes. The report also states interviews revealed the incident report was falsified and the child was not given immediate attention.
A DHS representative confirmed other licensing investigations into MiChild are ongoing. Other media outlets have reported that MiChild director Barbara Jackson was relieved of her position in light of ongoing investigations into the facility.
Published in The Courier - Your Messenger for the River Valley. Article "DHS Child neglected at local facility"