Police Investigate Beating of 1-Year-Old at Indiana Daycare

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Indianapolis police have launched an investigation into the beating and possible abuse of a 1-year-old at a daycare.

Child Hospitalized with Significant Facial Injuries

According to KTXS, the investigation began after the boy’s mother, Tiffany Griffin, was summoned to the daycare Monday afternoon. She arrived to find her son’s face bloodied, scratched, and swollen. The boy’s injuries were so severe that he was hospitalized.

The owner of Kiddiegarden day care, Haben Ghebremichael, told the press that a 2-year-old girl had attacked the boy. Ghebremichael said a worker was able to separate the children, but by that time the child had already been injured.

The daycare is currently closed and it is unclear if or when it will reopen.

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..

Questions to Ask Your Daycare Provider

  • Are children supervised at all times including while sleeping?
  • Do the materials and product used adhere to current safety standards?
  • Is the playground equipment checked for safety compliance regularly?
  • Do signs and teachers promote a positive environment?
  • Does the staff have current first aid and CPR training?

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. Call for a free case review.

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