Mandate video surveillance as a minimum standard for child care center licensing approval

Mandate video surveillance as a minimum standard for child care center licensing approval

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Savannah Hogan started this petition to Alabama Department of Human Resources and

My now 14 month old daughter started attending a Day Care Center in June of 2019. September 24th I picked up my daughter at 6 o'clock in the evening to find one of the employees, whom isn't her primary care provider, telling me that my daughter had a mark on her face that resembled that of fingers as if she was slapped. She usually has my daughter from 5 until pick up because the infant teacher goes home early. The young lady says she asked my daughters teacher what the mark on her face was and the teacher said it was just a scratch and went home. She explained to me that the explanation didn't make sense, so she took pictures and was waiting on me to get there to confirm that the mark was not there prior to her being dropped off that morning. I confirmed that it definitely was not there before arriving at the daycare that day.

This was the 3rd mark I had found on my child from this facility. There were 2 previous times that my daughter came home with a small bruise on her cheek and one on her thigh. As a mother to a toddler and an aunt to many, I understand when children are first learning to walk and gain their balance they are bound to fall or trip and get a bump here or a bruise there. The daycare could never explain how they had gotten there but being reasonable I just assumed it was her being clumsy. 

This whelp on my daughters face was very apparent from at least the time the young lady noticed it at 5, until we went to bed and woke up the next morning. I've been in contact with CPS, Law Enforcement, and lawyers. I know my baby did not go to school with a mark on her face and I also know what a hand print looks like but like everyone has told me, its all about what you can prove. The lawyer told me I would end up wasting more money and time than it was worth because it would all be based on contingencies. If there were cameras in that daycare, there would be no question as to who assaulted my one year old or if that was what had occurred.

I don't feel like we should have to wait for our children to have their bones broken or worse before we take action and further insure the safety and well-being of our little people while we are working hard to provide for them. My daughters sudden aggressive behavior and fear of being dropped off at daycare makes perfect sense to me now and I only wish I would have caught it at the first incident. I can not afford to be a stay at home mom. I want to be able to give my daughter any and every opportunity available to her. We should not have to take "I don't know' as an answer or be forced to choose between working and keeping our children safe.

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