2 Daycare Staffers Charged After Hot Glue Gun Incident

Two staffers from a Chicago daycare are facing charges following an alleged incident in which five toddlers were injured with a hot glue gun.

Details of the Hot Glue Gun Incident

According to ABC News, Lizandra Cosme, 32, was arrested Sunday and charged with five counts of aggravated battery of a child following a closed-circuit video which showed her using a glue gun on five 2-year-olds at the Children’s Learning Place in Chicago.

Prosecutors say the video shows Cosme applying burning liquid glue directly to the arms and hands of five children. Prosecutors say the video shows the children wincing and whining at the hot glue application.

In addition, it is alleged Cosme tried to cover up the incident by applying burn balm to one of the children when she spotted marks beginning to form and asked a father if his child’s burns were suffered at home.

The daycare’s director only became aware of the incident after another mother, an ER physician, noticed the burn injuries and reported them.

A second woman, Susana Gonzaleas, is charged with five misdemeanor charges of causing the circumstances of child endangerment.

Daycare Injury Statistics

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, at least six out of ten — nearly 13 million — infants, toddlers and preschool children are enrolled in daycare. These centers are supposed to be providing substitute care for your children, but sadly we find that sometimes they may cause more harm than good.

  • According to the CPSC, approximately 31,000 children under age 4 are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for injuries at child care settings on average.
  • 8% of the child care settings had cribs that did not meet current safety standards.
  • 24% of the child care settings did not have safe playground surfacing.
  • 13% of the child care settings did not use child safety gates where necessary.
  • 26% of the child care settings had loops on the window blind cords.
  • 5% of the child care settings had products that had been recalled by CPSC.

Contact an Experienced Daycare Injury Attorney

If your child has been injured after an accident or abuse at a daycare center, contact Thomas J. Henry. Parents put their trust in the staff of a daycare facility to keep their children safe and out of harm’s way. It is unacceptable for a child to be subjected to abuse or an unsafe premises while in their care. If your child was seriously injured due to the negligence or abusive actions of daycare staff, call our experienced child injury attorneys today.

Thomas J. Henry has the legal and financial resources necessary to develop your child’s case properly. We have offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Houston, and Austin, Texas. Call for a free case review.


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