An outraged Indiana mother reportedly punched a daycare worker after finding her one-year-old son beaten up at a nursery.
Tiffany Griffin arrived at the center in Indianapolis, Indiana, to find her child’s face horribly swollen and covered in cuts. She said she could hear the screams of her baby boy, Jesse Harris IV, when she went to pick him up on Monday afternoon, reported local news.
Staff from the daycare called Griffin hours after she dropped off Jesse and her other son. She took him to a hospital following the incident, where he was treated for his injuries, according to Newsweek.
“Now I gotta be a stay at home mom and not do the thing I want to do to advance in life to give them the best in order to make sure they’re taken care of and not neglected,” she said.
Aaron Hamer, an Indianapolis Police spokesman, confirmed that detectives are investigating the incident but said no arrests have been made.
The worker Griffin punched is now being investigated as a suspect, according to a police report seen by Fox 59. But Haben Ghebremichael, the owner of the daycare, explained to Associated Press that another toddler (a girl) attacked little Jesse shortly after he was dropped off.
However, Griffin ain’t buying it.
“It’s no way a baby, a 2-year-old and that baby was small and she didn’t look like she was the violent type and her mom said she wasn’t the violent type and her mom said scratches her baby might do but when seen that picture she started crying and said her baby wouldn’t do anything like that,” Tiffany said.
After news broke of the incident on Tuesday, Ghebremichael closed the daycare following harassing phone calls. She is unsure when it will reopen.
“We are deeply saddened about what took place yesterday afternoon to Jesse. We at Kiddiegarden pride ourselves on not only providing quality service to families but also providing a clean, safe and healthy environment for all of our children since we opened our doors three years ago,” she said, in a statement sent to WXIN-TV.
“Kiddiegarden has never had any accusations of abuse or maltreatment from any of our children or parents. This was truly a sad, shocking and unfortunate event.”
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