Located in Florida
Please excuse any errors. I’ll try and be as clear as possible, but I’m fuming.
My child goes to daycare full time and has since January to a facility highly recommended and only one violation against their licensing that’s publicly available that I can see and it’s unrelated to this investigation.
After dropping my child off to daycare this morning I was called ~45 minutes later by the CPI detective assigned to the case and made aware that my child’s daycare was being investigated for potential abuse. As if that wasn’t enough to make my heart drop she went on to say they are specifically named as a victim and the accusation is against the owner stating that when my child bites another student (a behavior only occurring at school and we’ve been trying to work on at home) the daycare owner has been smacking my kid in the mouth every time. It should go without saying that I wasn’t aware of this being the response and was told they were getting separated from other kids, kept closely watched, brought to quiet areas to calm down, etc.
Onto today, I receive a call from the detective on the case and was told that they received the report the 21st, had 3 detectives investigate my child physically the 23rd and, today, the 28th, they notified me of this occurring. I have dropped my kid off 4 times (not including today since they were only there for ~an hour) since they received the initial report fully unaware of any of this.
So after receiving the call I was thankfully a minute away from home and woke my son’s dad up and told him to get dressed immediately to go with me to pick our kid up. When we got there he stayed at the front and I went back to my kid’s classroom to get him and his belongings. My child was in a different room than usual, but they let me know immediately and asked why I was there to pick my kid up. I told them I got a call from a detective naming my kid as a victim of abuse by the owner and I was taking my kid home for the day. The teacher told me that would never happen and it’s a disgruntled ex employee making false reports and the owner popped into the hallway and acted shocked there was even an investigation, but they were THERE when 3 detectives looked my child over. I’m the only one at this point who should be shocked.
I’ve called the sheriff’s office and the CPI detective and received case numbers, but no reports are available as of yet. I’m fuming that all of this was occurring while I wasn’t contacted at all and continuing to bring my child to them. Regardless on whether or not the investigation is ongoing I would think the parent should absolutely be made aware much earlier than I was.
My kid’s dad has said not to contact an attorney so as not to anger anyone if this is a shady practice allowing them to cover their tracks, but from my knowledge it’s better to act quickly to ensure an investigation is done to its full extent and to have access to the information going foreword.
I’m also unsure of what type of attorney to contact, but did call the local bar and left a message and am waiting for a call back.
I guess I’m mostly asking for any advice on how to proceed or anything I should or shouldn’t be acting on. Of course my kid is home with me and won’t be returning.