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Hearne police investigating child injury at daycare

(Hearne Police Dept.)
Published: Feb. 17, 2022 at 2:19 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 17, 2022 at 6:38 PM CST
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HEARNE, Texas (KBTX) - Hearne police are investigating a worker at a local daycare in the 700 block of Norwood Lane after a child was injured.

Police said the parents of the toddler reported their child was injured while at the facility. HPD said the child did not have serious injuries, but they don’t know if the child was taken to a medical facility for treatment.

No one has been arrested yet, according to police, but they are looking at charges. Staff at the daycare tell us the person under investigation is no longer working there.

Choosing a daycare is a big decision for parents, and for many safety is a top priority. There are resources available for the public to look into the safety records of daycares across Texas.

The Texas Health and Human Services website has everything from inspections, amount of childcare employees and any deficiencies reported.

“DFPS conducts abuse/neglect investigations of child care operations. They then communicate Minimum Standards violations or concerns to HHSC — HHSC is the licensing entity — and we determine whether the operation complied with Minimum Standards. We can provide information about our regulatory actions at the close of an investigation,” said Tiffany Young, Assistant Press Officer with Texas Health and Human Services.

Generally, details about abuse and neglect investigations are confidential, and any information about these investigations would need to be requested through DFPS.

“Your childcare provider should be in communication with you on a regular basis, so if your child is injured at their center or in their home that should be something that you are notified about,” said Shannon Hernandez, Scotty’s House Director of Programs.

Hernandez adds most cases of abuse and child injury are by people that know the victim.

“That includes people that are taking care of them; teachers, childcare providers so it’s important to watch your children. If they’re old enough to communicate talk with them and if at any point you have concerns report it,” she said.

“Statistically speaking instances of child abuse in daycares are rare, not impossible but they’re rare so, trust your instincts, ask questions, pay attention and follow through. Ask these questions and if the answers make sense then sometimes the simplest answer is the truthful answer,” said Kristin Burns, the Chief Prosecutor for the 272nd District Court in Brazos County.

“If I’m looking at the cases on my desk right now we see far fewer cases involving people who are professional daycare providers. People who’s job, who’s career it is to take care of our kids a lot more we see those the intimate family-type relationships,” said Burns.

Burns said it’s not unusual to see toddlers and small children with bumps and bruises. If you see injuries in places like the bottom, chest, abdomen and protected areas you should look into what happened.

HHS says if there are concerns about a childcare operation, a person can call the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400 or go to https://www.txabusehotline.org to report abuse, neglect or a possible violation of state standards at a child care operation.

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