Daycare provider speaks out after state shuts her down - KCTV5

Daycare provider speaks out after state shuts her down

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A daycare provider is speaking out after the state of Missouri shut her down. Authorities said the reason for revoking her license was because she slammed a boy's head into a cabinet and tied the child down with rope.

Mary K. Douglas said she did use rope at her in-home daycare in Blue Springs, MO, but not the way state officials described because she said she would never hurt a child.

"There's nothing that brings me more joy to my heart than seeing a child," Douglas said.

She's spent 23 years caring for children out of her home in Blue Springs until earlier in the week. She said the 17-month-old boy in question was on his second visit to the house when he threw a temper tantrum while Douglas was preparing lunch in the kitchen.

"He was resisting me, fighting me, biting my arm, my leg, ducking under, trying to slide between my legs and it was a struggle," she said.

Douglas said she then used a texture and compression technique she learned at her state-required training class.

"I gently placed the rope on his lower back and I placed my hand on his lower back consoling him," she said.

While Douglas said she doesn't know where the boy's bruises came from. A Missouri state statute exempts child abuse charges if a child accidentally suffers injuries during reasonable corporal punishment.

"In the last year I've probably defended six of these and won all of them based on that statute," said Gregory Vleisides, Douglas' attorney.

Even knowing that Douglas said, in her 23 years of child care, she has never used corporal punishment of any kind and she allegedly told the boy's mother just that.

In a story she recounted, Douglas said the mother gave her permission to spank the boy, but Douglas told her she does not spank.

Douglas will be filing an appeal with the Department of Health and Senior Services in just a few days. She said she would've hoped state officials could have conducted an investigation first before revoking her license. No criminal charges have been filed against her.

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