In a recent Facebook
post, Elysha Brooks shared disturbing details and graphic images of her
4-year-old daughter who had been duct-taped to a plastic chair and exploited on
Snapchat. Also included was a photo of a tiny rock that administrators had
found inside of the child's ear months prior, but neglected to report.
Had to delete the last pic, Couldn't keep seeing my baby face on here like that..
Photograph by Facebook
"One of her
teachers DuctTaped her to a Chair and posted her on [Snapchat]. Received a call from a
hotline and they sent me this pic of my baby," she wrote. "This incident supposedly happened
in March and the daycare still fail to inform us of the situation. Also failed
to document a incident of a rock being lodged in my baby ear that almost
damaged her eardrum ..."
Aside from an
open investigation by the Department of Children and Family Services, there
have been no formal charges filed against the facility or the caregiver (and I
use that term loosely) accused of doing these horrible things. Christian
Evans, the girl's father, did not hold back when asked about the incident by local media:
your child duct-taped to a chair, seeing the anxiety, seeing how scared your
kid is, knowing for one that you're there to protect them and knowing for two
that you have people around that would stoop to that level to hurt your child
puts you in a crazy mind state."
these—tales of abuse at the hands of people we trust—are hard for parents to
wrap their heads around. We want so badly to believe that no one would ever harm
a child, but it happens often,
and we hear about it all the time. Still, since we can’t be everywhere all the time for our kids,
at some point, we must let go and have faith in
the unknown, even if it’s only for an hour.
But how do we do this, knowing what can happen?
Before you throw
your hands in the air and give up on the human race altogether, take a moment
to weigh your options and research
what's available in your area. I promise, there are good providers out there
that will take exceptional care of your child; it just may take some time (and
a lot of extra work) before locking in on the right one.
Parents want to know their children will be cared for in a safe, loving environment from the first moment they drop them off at day care until the moment they pick them up again. Sadly, moms and dads are experiencing the many ways things can go awry, or even get dangerous. Click next to see 10 scary examples.