Shawnee Mother Accuses Daycare of Abusing Daughter
SHAWNEE, Oklahoma - Two mothers come forward to warn other families about a daycare in Shawnee.
They say their little girls were abused or neglected while at the facility.
One mother says her daughter suffered second-degree burns at the Stay and Play Daycare, as we reported Sunday. Another mom claims an employee pulled out her daughter's hair because she wouldn't stop crying.
The daycare denies it all, so on Wednesday News 9 confronted the owner.
"I couldn't imagine what she was going through when I wasn't there for her, and it was so hard," Cassidy Ferguson said.
It's still hard for Cassidy Ferguson to think about what happened to little 2-year-old Madylee.
"I'm a single parent, and I do what I can to protect my kids from anything and everything," Ferguson said.
Madylee's head was visibly injured a few months ago when Cassidy picked her up from Stay and Play. Both of her kids said an employee named Stacy had ripped her hair out.
"She wouldn't stop crying, so Stacy went there and just yanked her up by her hair and told her to shut up," Ferguson said.
Madylee was treated at the ER and Cassidy filed a police report. DHS investigated, but Cassidy says the daycare blamed it on her son.
"It was almost a perfect match of a grown man's fist to her head, so there's no way a two-year-old at the time could pull out that much hair," Ferguson said.
Wednesday, News 9 went to Stay and Play to get the owners' side of the story, but they didn't have too much to say.
"We don't have any comment. I'm going to have to ask you all to leave," the man said.
He didn't stop there. He even parked his truck to block our view until we left. DHS tells News 9 the latest investigation there is ongoing, and the little girl who was burned is expected to be ok.
Cassidy's found a new daycare where she feels her kids are safe.
You can check complaints against local daycares on the DHS website: http://childcarefind.okdhs.org/childcarefind/