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    • Yes, don't send them and find a new daycare ASAP -- Votes: 59
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Daycare under investigation after 5 month old injured SuperMom[+2] 2 kids; zanesville, OH, United States 2549 posts
status Apr 7th '13

The family of a 5-month-old boy wants to know what happened to him inside a Volusia County day care.

According to a Volusia County Sheriff's Office incident report, a deputy was called to a hospital to investigate a suspicious incident involving the boy Thursday.

According to the boy's mother, she dropped the child off at Joyful Hearts Academy around 9:15 a.m. Thursday.

She said he was in good health.

But about five hours later, she got a phone call from day care staff telling her the little boy needed to be picked up and his left leg was swollen.

The mother then rushed the child to the hospital, where X-rays showed his femur was broken.

However, Friday afternoon, Connie Nelson, who owns the day care facility, wrote an email and vigorously denied the child was hurt at her day care.

"The child did not get hurt here but we are being blamed," Nelson wrote. "It is an ongoing investigation...but nobody here did it."

Meanwhile, a spokesman with the Department of Children and Families said the agency is looking into the incident and will interview investigators and the family, as well as day care staff.

Looking at DCF's own records, Joyful Hearts Academy had a number of incidents from earlier this year.

On Feb. 1, a staff member was accused of grabbing a child by the arm and forcing him into a chair. That same employee allowed a 2-year-old onto playground equipment meant for older children.

She was fired.

On Feb. 18, several complaints were submitted.

In one, a 2-year-old was able to run down a hall, push open the front door and get out into the parking lot.

A staff member was fired for that.

There was also a case of an employee grabbing a child by the face and smacking his arm, while another staff member was fired for grabbing another child's arm and forcing him into a chair.

Following those incidents, all employees were required to undergo additional training on appropriate discipline.

John Harrell with the Florida Department of Children and Families said a child care licensing team will also investigate the case.


I just started working day shift a month ago and put my kids in this daycare full time. I have a 3 year old and a 10 month old. Idk what to do. Would you take your kids out?? I'm not a huge fan of the owner, but the teachers all seem wonderful and my kids like it there...

MomNextDoor 2 kids; Grapevine, Texas 8351 posts
Apr 7th '13

I would ABSOLUTELY take them out. There would be no hesitation at all.

The Pretender Due May 5; 2 kids; Brazil 1232 posts
Apr 7th '13

Get them out. This isn't one isolated incident but many... And all serious

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
Apr 7th '13

Well if they are currently under investigation I doubt they're going to be breaking any more femurs.

Caydence's mommy 4/4/09 1 child; 2 angel babies; Las Vegas, Nevada 8884 posts
Apr 7th '13

I would be finding a new daycare asap!

Bogey Woman 2 kids; Fort Irwin, California 1892 posts
Apr 7th '13

I wouldn't even risk it. I'd be looking for a new daycare.

loser mom 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Oslo, Norway, ,,, Europe 12277 posts
Apr 7th '13

yeah... you can't take them back. The teachers may be nice, but the place is poorly managed.

I'm His Amy He's My Rory 2 kids; Caldwell, Idaho 49366 posts
Apr 7th '13

That's a LOT of things going wrong in one place. I'd take my kids out.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
Apr 7th '13

But yeah, I don't know why this is even a question. Of course take them out. :lol:

Sofie+#2 2 kids; Sheffield, So, United Kingdom 7799 posts
Apr 7th '13

Find a new daycare. The 5 month old story sounds fishy with the previous injuries, but the other two cases mentioned are bad too. How negligent must you be to not see a kid running into the car park? My DD's daycare has a buzzer door with the inside release switch way too high for kids, and they couldn't climb the fence that encloses the outdoor areas.

lacTAYtor. ☮ 3 kids; North Carolina 4500 posts
Apr 7th '13


OF COURSE I would take my child(ren) out!! Absolutely!!

Ronnie RadKat 4 kids; Arizona 22871 posts
Apr 7th '13

hell no my kids would not be going back there.

SuperMom[+2] 2 kids; zanesville, OH, United States 2549 posts
status Apr 7th '13

Couldn't something like that have happened at home and they just didn't realize it until later in the day? if it's the teacher I think this baby was with (I am assuming bc I didn't see her Friday), she's such a sweet girl. I don't see her breaking femurs.. My 10 month old adores her. I know sometimes they have two infant rooms going though so maybe it was the other teacher.

I know when I started with them (march 1st) they had just had to rehire a whole bunch of people, I didn't realize it was because they let go people who were being rough with the kids. =/

I''ve asked my 3 year old if anyone hits her or if she has seen any other kid get hit and she said no.

Cαtwomαn 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Gotham, DC, United States 15106 posts
Apr 7th '13

I worked at a daycare and we NEVER had that many incidents or reports as long as they'd been open.

Take them out ASAP.

SuperMom[+2] 2 kids; zanesville, OH, United States 2549 posts
status Apr 7th '13

I'm not familiar with daycares, I assumed every place has it's issues. But I'm on the DCF website looking at the other daycare reports and definitely don't see stuff like this one has. :( Darn it. This one was like perfect too. Its literally right behind where I work. I can look out the door of my hall and see the back of the building lol