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by Jeff Rasansky - April 30, 2015
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with 25 years of legal experience.

Several children found to have suffered daycare abuse at Brilliant Starts Learning Academy in New Braunfels, Texas.

NEW BRAUNFELS, TX — 51-year-old daycare worker Constance Joan Digiovanni is facing 20 counts of endangering a child and one additional count of failure to report abuse.

Constance Joan Digiovanni

Constance Joan Digiovanni

The arrest comes after an indictment last month when surveillance video from Brilliant Starts Learning Academy allegedly showed Digiovanni forcefully picking up a 3-year old toddler and slamming the child face down onto a nap mat at the New Braunfels daycare center. The child reportedly suffered injuries to the mouth and nose during the event.

Now Randel Lee Norman and Patricia M. Norman, the couple who runs Brilliant Starts Learning Academy on FM 1101, have also been arrested and indicted on 5 counts of failing to report child abuse and neglect.

The initial investigation came after one parent complained to the authorities after she started suspecting that her child was being abused at the day care center. This led the local police, as well as the Fugitive Task Force, to spring to into action, eventually leading to three arrests and several criminal charges.

Randel and Patricia Norman

Randel and Patricia Norman

After video surveillance footage allegedly showed Digiovanni shoving a child’s face into the floor resulting in a nosebleed, the woman was reportedly fired immediately. A review of further video footage (just two weeks worth) uncovered systemic abuse involving other children, and she now faces 20 counts of child endangerment, one count of injury to a child, as well as another count of failing to report child abuse or neglect with the intent to conceal.

Commentary

Child abuse in daycare centers is a very serious issue that needs to be addressed in a serious way. We as a community must ensure that these perpetrators face justice in order to prevent another child from being abused in the future. There are two way to hold child abusers accountable; criminally and civilly.

The first thing a parent needs to do if they suspect abuse is to consult with a doctor and contact the authorities. While the criminal system is designed to punish these offenders, you also have the right to file a civil lawsuit against those who’ve injured your child. If your family has incurred expenses as a result of this abuse (e.g. medical treatment, therapy, alternative child care services, etc), why should the financial burden be on you and your family and not the abuser?

If you suspect that your son or daughter is being abused at their daycare center, contact Rasansky Law Firm at 1-877-405-4313 or via email for your free consultation. If we can help you, we’ll explain the options available to you free of charge. If we take on your case, you’re never charged a penny unless we’re able to successfully recover compensation for you.

  1. May 21, 2015

    This is a horrible thing that happens in day care’s. Parents have to go to work and they leave their children in a State Licensed Day Care, should not have to worry about their children being abused. How long will it take to pull their license?
    There was a Day Care in PARKER COUNTY that had tied a child or children down at nap time and was told that this day care had deprived children of water to keep from having to change them. There were pictures taken. It is so strange that there was not enough evidence for the Grand Jury to indict, per /the District Attorney for PARKER COUNTY.

  2. May 21, 2015

    They are holding these people accountable, this is a good thing. Now let’s see if we can hold all the foster people that harm our kids accountable and all the workers who turn their heads.

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