Allegations of child abuse at a daycare center have sparked a Department of Human Services investigation.
It is the fourth time in 2013 that state officials have been called to investigate Stay-N-Play in Shawnee, according to a release from DHS.
An employee, who reported the alleged abuse, says she was fired for speaking out. She is continuing to talk, however, to News 9. Former employee Megien Walker says she witnessed a worker kick a 1-year-old boy in the head. She says it didn't stop there.
Walker worked at Stay-N-Play in Shawnee until late October. That's when Walker says what she saw had her calling DHS.
"[The worker] wanted [the boy] to sit down on the carpet, and he wouldn't stay sitting down," said Walker. "So the employee kicked him in his forehead."
That employee is the same man who had two mothers calling police and News 9 in July, when the moms said a child received 2nd-degree burns at the center. News 9 wanted answers, but we we're told to leave the daycare Friday. The daycare eventually answered some question, saying the current allegations are bogus.
According to DHS records, six complaints have been made against Stay-N-Play since June of 2012. The agency says most were unsubstantiated, except for evidence of "lack of supervision" and "staff child ratios."
"After … DHS showed up to investigate, then I got the text message saying I was fired," Walker said.
Walker's mom, who was working at Stay-N-Play Friday, was also fired after News 9 paid the owner a visit. Walker says no reason was given for her mom's employment termination.
Stay-N-Play says the man at center of the current investigation has been fired. The father of the 1-year-old boy tells News 9 he is considering a lawsuit against the daycare. The Walkers are also considering taking the owners to court.
Facility applied in April 2012.
June 2012 – Staff/Child Ratios – Unsubstantiated
August 2012 – Staff/Child Ratios and Inappropriate behavior and guidance – both Unsubstantiated
September 2012 – Staff/Child Ratios and Rest time – both Unsubstantiated
July 1, 2013 – Lack of Supervision and Staff-Child Ratios – both Substantiated
July 17, 2013 – Inappropriate behavior and guidance – Unsubstantiated
October 7, 2013 – Lack of supervision – Unsubstantiated
Now [DHS has] a current pending complaint and the investigation is ongoing.