Infant Bitten 27 Times at San Antonio Day Care
Details of the Day Care Incident
According to USA Today, a home day care facility has been shut down following the discovery that an infant was bitten 27 times by another child. Child Care Licensing ordered the caretaker to stop business after an investigation showed that she had been operating without a license for 8 years.
The infant was rushed to a hospital with obvious bite marks all over his body, including to his eyes, cheeks, legs, stomach and back.
A San Antonio Police Department spokesman confirmed they have taken on the case because it involves crime against a child. The caretaker could face charges of child neglect or injury by omission. She claims that she did not know that she needed a license to operate. She says she called the infants parents after finding the bite marks.
Child Protective Services says the babysitter is interested in getting a license and reopening her day care business in the future.
Incident Sign of Larger Problem
- According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, 49 child deaths were linked to unregulated child care.
- The last study analyzing homebased child care on a national level was conducted more than a decade ago – it found that, excluding SIDS, 1,030 children died in homebased care settings between 1985 and 2003.
- BMJ found that bites are the third leading cause of injury to children in child care settings.
- Currently, the United States does not have any set federal reporting requirements for child fatalities that occur in child care settings.