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Witness: 2-Year-Old Girl’s Arms, Mouth Bound by N.C. Daycare Teacher

A former employee of Children of America Education and Childcare Centers in Charlotte, North Carolina has come forward with a troubling story concerning abuse of a toddler at by a teacher at the daycare.

State Gave Daycare Top-Ratings Despite Previous Violations

WCNC is reporting on a developing story concerning reports of abuse at a popular North Carolina daycare.

A former employee of the daycare has come forward after witnessing an incident in which a 2-year-old girl was placed in a corner with her hands bound and tape covering her mouth. The mother of the toddler was informed of the incident and contacted 911 after the daycare failed to file a report with the authorities.

The accused teacher has since been let go.

However, this is not the first time has come under fire for drastic failures in child care and safety. According to documents obtained by NBC Charlotte, state regulators twice threatened to revoke Children of America’s license for glaring violations.

Violations cited by the state included a 2014 incident in which a staff member picking up a 2-year-old by the arms and dropping them on the floor.

Despite these alarming offenses, the daycare was still issued a five-star rating by North Carolina’s daycare rating system. Officials are now scrambling to address new questions concerning the validity of the state’s daycare rating system.

Daycare Injury Statistics

  • 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.
  • Child Care Aware reports the most recent in-depth study concerning child fatalities in child care is almost 10 years old.
  • The Organization of Child Care in the United States, 1985-2003, found 1,362 child fatalities
  • The United States still does not have any federal reporting requirements for child fatalities that occur in child care.
  • Several organizations work to collect child fatality information, with the National Center for the Review and Prevention of Child Deaths, a web-based reporting system, being one of them.
  • Participation in the National Center for the Review and Prevention of Child Deaths is voluntary and completely dependent on state practices.

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