Daycare under investigation after worker accused of child abuse
NIXA, Mo. – The video is what has one mother fed up and frustrated. It’s surveillance video from Ready, Set, Learn Daycare in Nixa. That’s where she saw what she says was child abuse happening right in front of her eyes.
“She runs over to him, picks him up by his left forearm and drags him the full length of the room, his feet are dragging on the floor, and she picks him, slams him in the chair, she slams him again, and his head hit the wall,” said Mother Megan Harris.
The video shows what happens to the two-year-old next.
“She pulled him by the hood of his shirt, hit him, hit him with a broom, pushed him down at nap time, he tried to get up and she forced his head down in the cot and smacked him a couple of times, so it was literally six hours of hell,” said Harris.
That two year old in the video is her son, and it’s left Megan Harris in tears since that day.
“It was like an all day torture,” said Harris.
Another worker saw it happening, reported it to police, and officers showed her that video.
“The minute I got to him, I checked his arm and he did have bruising on his left arm,” said Harris.
The daycare worker was arrested, but Megan went to the state. In the Department of Social Services report, it states that her son hit another kid first, and that’s when the daycare worker did what was in the video, but that worker is not sitting in jail now, so we went to her house.
She didn’t talk to us, but she did tell Social Services why she did it.
She stated she grabbed the two year old’s arm, and quote “put him in time out harshly because she wanted him to know she was in control.” She says his head did hit the wall, but quote “it was not hard,” but social services found that it was quote “physical abuse”.
We took the report straight to the daycare, but that’s when they told us this.
“The state is handling it, everything’s’ taken care of.”
The director of the daycare says the owner is in talks with attorneys, but refused to say anything more than that worker has been fired.
“The day it happened the worker was let go.” but Megan wants something more. “She shouldn’t be running a daycare.” Because she says she doesn’t want what happened in this video to happen to anyone else.
We talked with the Christian County prosecutors office. So far the woman accused of the abuse in January still has not been charged. They say right now the case is still under advisement.