Renezia Fisher, age 2, who was left at Above & Beyond Child Care Center in Henderson, North Carolina, was discovered to have suffered a broken collarbone while at the facility. Local authorities and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are investigating the circumstances.
Andrea Hawkins, the child’s mother reported the incident to Henderson Police back on October 25th because her daughter told her that she had injured her arm at day care. When Hawkins confronted an employee at Above & Beyond Child Care Center, she was told that Renezia was knocked down by another child. They said that Renezia did not complain about the incident and continued to play. No incident report was completed and Hawkins had not been previously told of the incident. It was later confirmed that the little girl had broken her collarbone in the fall.
Vance County Department of Social Services conducted an investigation and issued a statement that the injury was determined to be accidental. Above & Beyond issued no comments about the incident.
Another day care story that we wrote about on November 1, 2012, the Jessica Tata case in Houston, Texas, has ended. She was accused of murder for the deaths of four children left in her care in February 2011. Testimony was that she left children unattended while she went to shop at Target. A fire ignited from a frying pan with oil in it, which was left on a burner. The case brought day care tragedies to the forefront of national news.
On November 20, 2012, jurors sentenced the 24 year old Tata to 80 years in prison for felony murder in the death of one child. Other felony murder charges are pending for the other three children who died. It is reported that she will have to serve 30 years in prison before she is eligible for parole. She was also ordered to pay a fine of $10,000.
Unfortunately, it is stories like these that make parents fear for the safety and well-being of their children when left in a child care facility. As a parent, it is important that you do your homework to choose a child care facility that is ranked highly by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education. Go to the facility and talk to the director to determine what their state ranking is, what training employees have had, are background checks performed on all employees and observe the staff with the children.
If you or someone you know has had a child injured, molested, kidnapped or killed while at a day care facility, you need to get in touch with a North Carolina attorney experienced in handling day care accidents.
Auger & Auger is a Charlotte, North Carolina law firm that has helped people throughout the state when their child has been somehow injured or mistreated at a day care center. Our attorneys have been practicing law for 40 years and are experienced in representing clients who have sustained serious injuries or lost loved ones.
We have three offices in Charlotte and one each in Greensboro and Raleigh.
Contact us through our website or call us direct at (800) 559-5741 toll free, to schedule a no obligation appointment to discuss your situation. There will be no fee unless we make a recovery for you.
Henderson day care under investigation after child injured, WRAL.com, Article by Beau Minnick, November 14, 2012
Jessica Tata Sentenced To 80 Years For Texas Day Care Fire , Huffington Post, Article by Juan Lozano, November 20, 2012
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Texas Case Brings National Attention To Day Care Operations, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, November 1, 2012
The Harsh Reality of Care At Daycare Facilities , North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, August 24, 2012