A Virginia woman was recently charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly hitting children under her care. The woman, a Ms. Va Nessa Taylor from Temple Hills, MD was captured on camera allegedly pushing and pinching four children on different occasions between January and November of 2013.
In another related incident, the woman refused to give a 2-year-old his lunch. The incident was witnessed by a co-worker who reported it to the relevant authorities, sparking an investigation into the acts.
The Child Development Center is located in a military base; Joint Base Myer –Henderson Hall in Arlington. This center also had other reports dating back to 2012 where three workers were slapped with a misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly pinching, punching and hitting children under their care.
A Worrying Picture
These incidences present a worrying picture of the daycare system where parents take their kids to be looked after during working hours. Most parents entrust these centers to take care of their children without even thinking twice about it. As a result, it usually comes as a shock when they learn about the abuse taking place in a place where children are supposed to be safe at all times.
Daycare abuse is reprehensible and has far-reaching physical and psychological effects. In many cases child abuse victims end up seeking abusers later in life, and may end up being abusers themselves if they don’t get the help that they need.
Signs Of Daycare Abuse
Here are a few signs signaling that some abuse could be taking place at your child’s daycare center:
- Your child’s behavior changes suddenly and without reason. If your child becomes aggressive with time, flinches when you raise your hand or cries when it’s time to go to the daycare center, there could be some form of abuse meted out on him/her.
- Bruises and marks which are uncharacteristic of child play. Additionally, if these bruises don’t heal and keep increasing with time, you need to ask your child questions to see if they’re being abused.
- If your kid has an increase in night terrors, insomnia and nightmares, this could be a sign of child abuse. These psychological disturbances often point to some form of abuse taking place.
It’s important to talk to your child and encourage them to be open with you. If your child complains about a certain daycare worker to you, don’t brush it off as a kid’s whiny complaints. Look into these complaints; you just might discover that abuse is taking place at the daycare center.
If your child or someone you know was abused by a daycare worker, you may be able to seek justice through a lawsuit. Please call Rasansky Law firm today at 1-877-405-4313 to discuss your situation.