Mother Seeks Answers After Son Returns from Daycare with Welts
Although it has been over a year since Stephanie Kroll's son came home with welts across his rear-end, she is still looking for justice.
Details of the Incident
According to the Bolingbrook Patch, on November 12th, 2014, Kroll's son, Derek, was dropped off a Beautiful Beginnings Daycare by her boyfriend at 12:15 p.m. Earlier in the day, Derek had attended Concord Elementary in Bolingbrook, Illinois.
Before dropping Derek off, Kroll's boyfriend tried to take the boy to the bathroom and didn't notice any marks on his bottom. When they arrive at the daycare, the boyfriend notified a daycare assistant that he would need to use the bathroom soon. Kroll believes that this is when the incident occurred.
When Kroll reported the incident, her boyfriend was required by the Department of Child and Family Services to take a lie detector test to be cleared as a suspect. He passed the test.
The daycare owner, Cory Clemons, should have reported immediately that he had suspicious marks, according to state law – something Kroll claims that he never did.
Doctors Investigate Markings
According to medical records from Edwards Hospital, doctors confirmed that the marks were from some kind of impact and not a rash.
“The bruising, as well as marks, could have been produced by the belt or a cord,” the medical records state.
Although there have been conflicting stories coming out of the daycare center and the alleged assistant refused to take a lie detector test, it is unlikely that anyone will be charged in the case as there is a lack of evidence.
Since Derek is autistic and nonverbal, he cannot explain what happened to him, which also hindered the investigation.
Taylor Noble, the daycare assistant, was subpoenaed in front of the grand jury on March 18th, 2015, but the case has been continued.