The parents of a three-year-old girl are claiming that their daughter may have been molested and injured by another child at Miss Meeka’s Enrichment Center day care in Lake Alfred due to a lack of staff supervision. They have filed a lawsuit against the center seeking unspecified damages.
The attorney for the parents alleges that the little girl told her parents that an older child at the day care inappropriately touched her and that the encounter left the little girl with a laceration. A Polk County Sheriff’s Office investigation concluded that another child probably injured the girl, but that supervision at the day care center had been sufficient. No criminal charges were ever filed.
According to The Lakeland Ledger, the center was cited five times last year for not having adequate supervision or having mandated teacher-to-student ratios. In just October, the Florida Department of Children and Families issued a citation to the day care center when an inspector found that a staffer had not adequately supervised children who were playing on age-inappropriate playground equipment.
The parents’ attorney told the Ledger that insufficient supervision at day care facilities is not rare. “I see this too often, where kids are being assaulted by adults or other children. The law is that these kids have to be under constant supervision, so it should never happen.”
A teacher who was questioned about the alleged incident claimed that she had been supervising the children at the time and that she had not seen any inappropriate activity. The mother of the little girl claims that her daughter told her that boys touched her and that a teacher had witnessed the incident.
By law, the duty of the owners of daycare centers to see that their facilities are properly staffed and that workers provide constant supervision of the children in their care. If your child has been injured due to the negligence or inattentiveness of a daycare’s staff, contact a Polk County personal injury attorney at Farah & Farah. You may be entitled to compensation for damages. Call us at (800) 533-3555 or contact us online for a free and confidential look at your case.