A mother is demanding answers after she picked up her infant daughter from daycare only to realize she was covered in bruises.
Anari Ormond, from New Jersey, got a frightening text while at work from the owner of J&A Nursery. The 23-year old mother had dropped off her 6-month old daughter, Zuri Camara, at the facility before going to her job. The text asked Ormond to call the daycare on her lunch break. But when she did, her stomach immediately dropped.
“She said in that time period of being unattended the boy ‘bit Zuri 3 times in the stomach,'” Ormond explained via social media, People reports. “When I arrived, I was stopped at the door and basically braced for whatever I was getting ready to see.”
Staff at the daycare informed her that a 2-year old boy had left bite marks on her daughter after the two of them were left “unattended.” When Ormond came to pick up Zuri, who attended the daycare since this October, she noted scratches and bruises covering the little girl. Her entire face was “red, bruised, swollen and scratched.” When Ormond asked the employees to elaborate on what happened, however, she claims they changed their story.
“[The owner] began a story saying she went upstairs to get Neosporin and fell down the steps while holding my daughter and she was severely bruised,” Ormond said. “I was shocked and heartbroken. [Zuri] was just sitting there. She wasn’t laughing or smiling.”
The furious mother immediately took her daughter to the nearby St. Barnabas Hospital to get checked out. “They did a CT scan of her head immediately just to make sure there was no head trauma. There was no internal bleeding,” Ormond explained. “On the X-ray, nothing showed up and they did an X-ray of her leg but couldn’t see any fractures but that may have been because her bones are so tiny.” She added that doctors diagnosed the baby with a “mild concussion” and gave her a prescription for antibiotics.
Ormond’s next stop after the hospital was the police station. Authorities took photos of the child’s injuries. The mother says they have since opened an investigation, which is being jointly conducted by the Newark Police Department’s Prosecutor’s Office, Special Victims Unit and Child Protective Services.
The New Jersey Department of Children and families has also released a statement confirming the daycare is not a licensed facility. “Our records do not show an operating license or registration for J&A Nursery in Newark,” the statement read. “Please note that Family Child Care Homes are permitted to operate in New Jersey, without a license, if they are caring for five or fewer unrelated children.”
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