Clarkston daycare under investigation following allegations of child abuse
CLARKSTON, Ga. (CBS46) - Clarkston Police are investigating an alleged child abuse incident at a Clarkston daycare after a mother came forward with concerns about what she saw on surveillance video.
Krystin Collier described seeing her 3-year-old son allegedly “punched in the face, pulled by his hair, slammed in the corner and pushed over a chair” at the Clarkston First Baptist Church daycare.
Collier said she knew something didn’t seem right when her son came home from daycare on July 6 and she found scars and bruises on her child’s arm.
“This day, he was very, very emotional, standoffish. He was missing a shoe; he was very disheveled,” said Collier.
Collier says that’s when she started asking questions. She tells CBS46 she went to the daycare multiple times to find out what happened to her son and said the staff at the church told her there was nothing to find out, and denied wrongdoing.
That’s when she demanded to see the daycare’s surveillance tape, and when they shared it, she was horrified.
In the video, you can see Collier’s son wearing black, and the daycare staff member is in white. The staff member appears to pick up her son multiple times and shoves him to the ground.
And that’s just one part of the video. Collier says it gets worse
“The staff punched my child in the face, grab him by his ponytail, and lead him around like it’s a leash. I watched her grab him by his top ponytail, slam him against the wall, punch him in the face,” said Collier.
The mother immediately contacted Clarkston police.
An initial report filed by the Clarkston Police Department officer who responded to the scene claims the surveillance video does show the child being thrown down several times, pulled off the ground by his hair and punched and slapped multiple times.
“I feel so bad for him, and this is the first time that he’s ever been in daycare,” said Collier. “This is a church. This is a church. and I trusted the church.”
The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Child Care Services Division confirms they have also opened an investigation into Clarkston First Baptist Academy.
A letter sent to her from the Academy’s Administrative Director states a “thorough investigation was conducted” and “no action by staff or otherwise indicate or coincide with the marks observed on (the child’s) underarms.”
The letter acknowledged a “need for some classroom restructuring and additional staff training in addressing challenging behaviors,” citing that tensions were high in the classroom on that day.
This comes just one day after a parent came forward with allegations of child abuse against a Stone Mountain daycare. Police and state officials are investigating the matter.
This is a developing story.
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