A mother has been left shocked and furious after her young daughter’s shoes were TAPED onto her feet by daycare workers.
Jessica Hayes posted the disturbing images on social media of her 17-month-old daughter with her little pink shoes taped on.
She said the tape was so tight it left marks and bruising. The incident happened at Pleasant Hill Daycare in North Carolina, US.
The director of the daycare said she was "disturbed" by what happened, reports Kidspot.
Jessica wrote: "Someone was clearly upset that she was learning to take her shoes off and done it out of being aggravated.
"This was also not just her shoes being taped up it was around her ankle, my 17-month-old child was unable to say anything.
"This was left on long enough and tight enough to leave marks, cause swelling, and bruise."
Another parent commented on Facebook that the same thing had happened to her daughter at the same daycare but that the management had dealt with the issue promptly.
Pleasant Hill Daycare fired the two staff members responsible and sent a note out to parents, although it did not go into the specifics of the incident.
Jessica said she made her post public to encourage mothers to speak out about things happening in care situations. She added: "It was done to make others aware of not only her daycare but others, including in-home daycares, not to keep it silent and only amongst the people who have kids currently enrolled in daycare."
It appeared she was happy with the centre’s response as her daughter returned to the daycare.
She wrote: "My daughter went straight back to the daycare the very next day and rest of the week. As I feel comfortable to do so and WILL continue to do so. This being said EVERYONE else should be able to do the same. I am positive this won’t happen to another child as it has raise awareness to all."
Director, Maehsell Marley told WXII : "Pleasant Hill Day Care in no way condones or allows any practice that would be harmful to a child.
"We have an outstanding group of caregivers who strive to meet the highest of expectations on a daily basis for the children in our care, and what occurred in the shoe-taping incident is not a representation of who we are."
Other parents expressed their outrage over the incident. One said: "There is no excuse for this at all."
Another said: "I work in childcare and this is no where near OK. Report this, and do not let it go. This sickens me."
However, another parent defended the daycare centre. They said: "This makes the whole daycare look bad when it was the act of one. They dealt with it quickly and appropriately. There are really great people who work there and care very much for our children."
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