A mother says a Blue Springs daycare should be shut down because the owner went too far when she disciplined her son.
The mother said that discipline included a rope. The daycare owner said she did nothing wrong.
Nikki McHendry said she had no idea what caused her son to bruise until she read over some license revocation documents from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Inside the documents, she said she learned her son's daycare provider used a rope to possibly tie her son to a cot.
McHendry said she immediately knew something was wrong with her 17-month-old son when she saw bruising on his face after a day at Mary's Little Lambs in-home daycare in Blue Springs.
"When we got outside, and I saw how huge his temple was, I immediately thought 'what if something is wrong?' He could have brain damage. He was exhausted and scared," McHendry said.
McHendry said her son's daycare provider, Mary Kathy Douglas, tried to explain the injury.
"Oh, he was in time out, and he hit his head on a cabinet," McHendry said.
According to the childcare license revocation documents, McHendry's son had bruises as a result of banging his head on a cabinet while he was being held in time out.
"For the next two days after it happened, he woke up screaming every 30 minutes. He was inconsolable. He was terrified. I didn't know at that point he had been tied down," McHendry said.
A 7-year-old at the daycare told a child care facility specialist that Douglas slapped McHendry's son and used a "rope" or "bungee cord" to keep the 17-month-old on his cot.
I gently placed the rope on his lower back and I placed my hand on his lower back consoling him," Douglas said.
Douglas said she used the rope as part of a texture and compression technique she learned at her state required training class.
"She never told me that she never told the state that either. She dint tell anyone that until the little boy came forward and said they used a bungee cord on this little baby. I feel like she knew what she was doing was wrong," McHendry said.
The documents also state that Douglas and her assistant would take turns placing their legs over the top of the child's body to keep him on his cot.
Douglas said in her 23 years of providing daycare services, she has not used corporal punishment of any kind.
Douglas said she will appeal the state's decision to shut down her daycare. No criminal charges have been filed against her.
McHendry said she hopes the closure is permanent.
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