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Dangers Lurk In North Carolina Day Care Centers

Day Care BlocksOur North Carolina Personal Injury Attorneys know that your child’s safety and well being are of paramount importance to you while you are away at work and they are at your local day care center. Unfortunately, we see stories in the news everyday about children being mistreated, sustaining injuries and even killed while at their day care centers.

A few months ago, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police arrested three people in a drug bust at a home next door to the Tele-Time Academy day care center in East Charlotte. Desmond Nelson, 21, was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine within 300 feet of a school. He was also charged with related drug paraphernalia charges and weapon charges. Sekeena Woodward, 39, was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. A third person, Alexis Jackson, 29, was arrested on outstanding warrants that were not related to possession or distribution of drugs. Previously, parents of children at the day care facility had complained about being hassled by the people hanging out at the house next door.

In another case, a former day care center employee was charged with assaulting five children while employed at Kid’s Korner Child Development Center in Kannapolis, North Carolina. The employee, Whitney Belk, was charged after parents complained to the center and police were alerted. Belk was fired from the day care center after she was caught on a surveillance camera mistreating five different children, according to Cindy Stack, the founder of Kid’s Korner. After the charges were filed, Ms. Stack and her daughter, who runs the center, organized a parent meeting to discuss what had happened and to assure them that their children would be safe there. This was allegedly the first incident the facility had since its beginning in 1984.

Finally, a three year old Gaffney, South Carolina, girl was killed when she bumped into a pile of wood causing it to fall on her in the gym at West End Baptist Church. Tragically, she died after being airlifted to Spartanburg Regional Hospital.

At Auger & Auger our North Carolina day care accident attorneys have helped parents throughout the state who have received a phone call from the day care facility or the hospital that their child has been injured, mistreated, kidnapped or killed while at the day care center. In order to protect your children, one of the most important things you can do as a parent is to do your homework and research to select a child care center highly ranked by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education. It is also important to follow certain steps to choose the right facility for your children,

If you or someone you know has been unfortunate enough to have something happen to your child while at a day care center, you should contact us to schedule a time for you to come in to our offices for a confidential, no obligation consultation. We have five offices conveniently located in Charlotte (3), Raleigh (1) and Greensboro (1), and our experienced staff will be happy to arrange a time convenient for you. All cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning you will owe no attorney fee unless a monetary recovery is made for you.

Other Resources:

Drug bust beside Day Care Center, WBTV

Day care worker charged with assaulting children in Kannapolis, Charlotte Observer, Steve Lyttle

North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education

Related Blog Posts:

Three Year Old killed at Local Day Care, North Carolina Personal Injury Blog, May 16, 2011

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