Many modern parents have little choice but to work outside the home in order to meet the financial obligations involved in raising a family. This generally means that daycare is part of the picture at some point. Even though the great majority of daycare facilities strive to provide safe and healthy environments for the children in their charge, there’s still a small risk involved. For instance, a daycare worker in Greer, SC, was recently accused of shoving a child’s head into the ground. The child’s parents filed a lawsuit against the center on April 25 in Greenville County.
The incident leading to the lawsuit occurred at a daycare center located on Brushy Creek Road in Greer. Classy Kids Day Care, its owners, Kyle and Deanna Rogers, and the employee who allegedly committed the offense, Belinda Owusu, are listed as defendants in the lawsuit. Law enforcement in Greer arrested Owusu after a 4-year-old child told his mother that she had slammed his head into the ground at the daycare when his mother questioned him concerning a red mark on his head that was swollen and beginning to bruise. Officers also questioned the child, who told them the same thing he had previously told his mother. Owusu, age 27, was charged with cruelty to children on Feb. 28.
The plaintiffs have made a request for a jury trial. The following four causes of action were listed in the lawsuit:
- Negligence and recklessness
- Negligent hiring and supervision
- Breach of contract
- Violation of the South Carolina Unfair Trade Practice Act
Because criminal charges were filed against the daycare worker in this case, the plaintiffs will likely prevail in court. However, not all daycare injuries are as cut and dried, which is why you should seek the services of an experienced daycare injury attorney if you suspect that your child has been injured or otherwise harmed in a daycare environment.
Signs of Daycare Negligence
Not all signs of daycare negligence are as obvious as visual indications such as cuts, bruises, bumps, and red marks. For instance, your daycare may be negligent if your child is constantly hungry and/or thirsty when you pick him up — this could mean that the facility isn’t providing adequate nourishment. Another possible warning sign is that your child becomes withdrawn, fearful or angry. Other red flags include potentially dangerous conditions in the home or center such as open fireplaces or woods stoves without adequate barriers, cleaning supplies left within reach of the children, and not enough adults for the amount of children at the facility.
Please call our office today to speak with an experienced daycare injury attorney if you have any questions or concerns.