TWO daycare workers have been arrested after a baby in their care suffered a skull fracture and they allegedly tried to hide it from the boy’s mother.
The two women worked at the Kiddie Academy branch in Rancho Cucamonga, California, and were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and child abuse.
Rudie Megan Maldonado, 29, and Felicia Ann Ferra, 50, were both arrested this week, according to a news release. from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
The injured child, an 8-month-old boy, was admitted to Loma Linda University Medical Center in September with a skull fracture, which sparked an investigation into the nursery.
KCAL reported that the child is recovering from the trauma.
Investigators determined that the two women attempted to conceal the child’s injuries and allegedly neglected his health.
Police say they have released the photos of the women because they believe there may be more victims and are asking anyone with information about misconduct at the nursery to come forward. .
Several parents, who wished to remain anonymous, spoke to KCAL about how the news that the nursery was under investigation was not surprising.
Several parents with whom the store spoke said they dragged their children out of daycare after witnessing suspicious behavior, including a teacher pulling a girl with her leg.
Eyewitnesses to this particular incident said they were afraid to report due to their undocumented immigration status.
Kiddie Academy Internal Franchising released a statement in response to the allegations at Rancho Cucamonga nursery, noting that the company is cooperating with the investigation into the location.
“We are aware of serious allegations against a teacher assistant and director of Kiddie Academy in Rancho Cucamonga, California,” the statement said.
“We are committed to working with franchise owners to ensure full cooperation with local authorities. As an organization, nothing is more important than creating an environment where intelligence, emotion, children’s physical and emotional well-being.
“We remain committed to ensuring all franchisees maintain our world-class standards,” the Kiddie Academy Domestic Franchise statement read. “
Both women have been released on bail and a court date has yet to be set.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17341516/daycare-workers-charged-baby-skull-fracture/ Two childcare workers arrested after eight-month-old baby was left with cracked skull at daycare