A Georgia mother says daycare workers told her that her 3-year-old son had been bitten by mosquitos when she noticed injuries on him that appeared consistent with physical abuse.
According to Channel 2 Action News, the alleged incident happened at the Apple Tree Learning Center & Academy in Dekalb County, where Kourtney Cheng’s 3-year-old son attended daycare. Three daycare employees, identified as Cherretta Hull, Alexis Swain, and Cassandra Chambers, have been arrested.
Cheng told police that she dropped her son off at around 9 a.m. at the daycare on the day in question. When she returned at around 5 p.m., she noticed injuries to the right side of the child’s face. She contacted police, who reportedly indicated that the child’s injuries were visible when they arrived at the scene.
Cheng, a nurse, said the alleged abuse happened after a previous incident in which her son told her that he was “popped in the head” by one of the teachers. Cheng said she spoke to Chambers, identified as the daycare director, after the first incident. She was comfortable enough with the response that she let her son go back to daycare.
Cheng believes that the newest injuries were in retaliation for the boy complaining about previous abuse.
While Hull and Swain are charged with child cruelty; Chambers is facing a failure to report abuse charge.
CBS 46 reports that police officials are seeking to speak with any parents with children who may have been abused at the daycare. Contact DeKalb County Special Victims Unit at 770-724-7710.
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