Parents Sue Day Care After Toddler Was Duct-Taped to Mat
In a follow-up to a story we brought you a few months ago, a lawsuit has now been filed by the parents of a two-year-old Texas boy who appears to have been duct-taped to a sleeping mat by a daycare worker.
A staff member snapped the shocking photos in late June, showing a child wrapped in a blanket and taped down.
The worker alleged that the day care center's owner taped the child down.
Kristi and Brad Galbraith say it was their son in the pictures. Other parents are also pursuing legal action against the Montessori Academy in Willow Park, Texas.
More below from The Dallas Morning News:
A Parker County Montessori school faces a lawsuit two months after photos of a boy wrapped in a blanket and duct-taped to his nap mat surfaced and began circulating among parents.
Kristi and Brad Galbraith, who say it’s their 2-year-old son in the photographs, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Ruyle’s Heart2Heart Montessori Academy in Willow Park, alleging negligence, breach of contract and fraud.
Kristi Galbraith said a teacher at the day care called her in June and told her that Pamela Decker, the center’s co-owner, had duct-taped her son’s blanket to his nap mat.
The teacher, who no longer works there, sent Galbraith photos of the alleged incident, and told the family that the school also limited children to two water breaks a day and locked at least one child in a room alone, the lawsuit states.
Texas’ child care licensing agency started investigating Heart2Heart after the photos surfaced and could reach a conclusion as early as this week, a spokeswoman said.
Willow Park police are in the process of talking to parents, employees and the academy’s co-owners. They plan to present their findings to a grand jury in two weeks to determine whether an arrest warrant needs to be issued, Chief Brad Johnson said.
The Heart2Heart staff did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the lawsuit but issued a statement in June when the photos first made headlines.
“The staff and I have the best interest of the children and parents as our highest priority,” Ashlea Pena, the school’s director and co-owner, said in a written statement. “The school has an exemplary performance history, and will work with child care licensing authorities and cooperate fully with any investigation.”
Two other families have hired attorneys in the matter, Rasansky said.