Justice for Thomas - Get this daycare shut down!

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Justice for Thomas - Get this daycare shut down!

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Kayla DeBerry started this petition to Department of Human Services

Let’s get this daycare shut down! 

Our story : 
Unfortunately as many of you know I dropped my son off at my family’s daycare Aunt sissy’s daycare on the morning of Friday November 8th 2019, and when I picked him up from daycare I noticed his ears looked especially purple. When I asked the daycare provider what it was, she said she didn’t know AND that she somehow didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary, even though it took me less then a minute to notice myself. I took him to urgent care that same night to have his ears examined to which they told me the ears had extreme bruising and that ear injuries, especially to both ears are one of the number one signs of child abuse. We also found more bruising on him near his chin and neck. I was also informed by the doctor that he did not believe Thomas could do this to himself and another child would not be strong enough to do it, and that it needed to be reported to DHS.

The next day I met with someone from DHS as well as someone from the Springfield Police Department. They started an ongoing investigation to figure out what happened. They also sent pictures of Thomas’s was ears to a forensic specialist, at which time after careful review they determined by the pattern and intensity of the bruises, this had to have been done at the hands of an adult. The only adults who could have possibly done this to my son are the daycare provider and my brother (who is not a daycare provider) as well as some of the daycare providers family members that stopped by, but were mostly ruled out by the investigators. Those two were the only ones home that day. They have both been interviewed, during the interviews they denied knowing what happened to my son EVEN THOUGH the daycare provider admitted that he didn’t have bruises when he arrived and it obviously happened under her care. They were also offered polygraph tests, to which they both denied to do.

During the span of this investigation, even with proof of the bruising, the proven fact it was an adult, and the admission this happened under their care - NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE ABOUT IT. The people at both the DHS office and the Springfield police department started ignoring my calls, telling me they’d call me back if they had updates but they never did, the DHS worker finally just told me to “she was done investigating and to stop calling her” and after me bugging them for months they finally end up telling me “sorry no one will confess who did it so the DA won’t press charges”. Feeling defeated I decided, if they won’t help me I’m going to call the Oregon offices of child care and file a complaint. 

The Oregon offices of child care asked them if these allegations were true, to which they said no and THEY DROPPED THE CASE. At this point I’m frustrated so I decide I’m going to peruse a civil case against them for neglect. I met with various lawyers all to which told me because Thomas is not suffering “long term damages” from what happened, and that they daycare doesn’t bring in enough revenue “they don’t believe it’s worth taking on the case” and they also advised me that representing myself in a civil case would not be recommended. So having lost all hope, I turned to the news. I thought if I can’t get justice, at least I can warn people about what happened so hopefully it won’t happen again. I was just informed by the news they will not be running my story unless someone files a civil case against the daycare. In my opinion no one should take their children to this daycare.

I am at MY END - this is why MUCH WORSE THINGS END UP HAPPENING TO KIDS. We are lucky he has no long term damages, and that we pulled him from daycare immediately. But what about the kids who don’t get pulled? Or the people who think “hey there aren’t any consequences to hurting children so I can get away with it again” I mean why does a child have to die for things to be taken seriously. I feel so failed by everyone I have come in contact with over this, all the people who were supposed to bring justice but didn’t. My almost 3 year old has to already be in therapy because what happened. So I’m making this post because it’s the only avenue I have left. I am also choosing to post some of the photos with it this time. But to TOP IT ALL OFF - Thomas even told me who it was that hurt him!! And I got it on video. Even THAT wasn’t enough proof for them. I just hope maybe the next child who gets hurt is taken more seriously then they took my baby. Let’s fight together for Justice for Thomas and get Aunt sissy’s daycare in SPRINGFIELD OR - SHUT DOWN #justiceforthomas #auntsissysdaycare

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