A New Jersey mother has been left “heartbroken” after every parents worst nightmare became her reality. Anari Ormond, 23, arrived at J&A Nursery in Newark to find her 6-month-old daughter, Zuri, covered in bruises, bite marks and scratches.
On Tuesday, Ormond got a text from the owner of the Nursery asking Ormond to give the center a call on her lunch break. Ormond’s little girl Zuri Camara had been a student at the daycare since October.
Shed says that she called the nursery immediately and was told that Zuri had been left “unattended around a 2-year-old boy.”
“She said in that time period of being unattended the boy ‘bit Zuri 3 times in the stomach,’” Ormond says.
“When I arrived I was stopped at the door and basically braced for whatever I was getting ready to see,” Ormond continued.
When she arrived at the nursery she learned that there was more to the story.
The Owner then claimed that she “went upstairs to get Neosporin and fell down the steps while holding my daughter and she was severely bruised,” Ormond explains.
Ormond says Zuri also had scratches “on her right foot and hand.”
“I was shocked and heartbroken,” Ormond told said. “She was just sitting there. She wasn’t laughing or smiling,” Osmond says of her baby.
“We went straight to the hospital. They did a CT scan of her head immediately just to make sure there was no head trauma. There was no internal bleeding,” Ormond explains adding that the doctor ruled it as “mild concussion” and sent her home with antibiotics.
Ormond then headed to the police station. She explains she took photos of Zuri’s injuries, which show marks on her face, legs and what appears to be bite marks on her stomach.
Ormond says the case is currently being investigated by Newark Police Department’s Prosecutor’s Office, Special Victims Unit and Child Protective Services.
The New Jersey Department of Children and Families has since released a statement.
“Our records do not show an operating license or registration for J&A Nursery in Newark. Please note that Family Child Care Homes are permitted to operate in New Jersey, without a license, if they are caring for five or fewer unrelated children. However, if programs wish to receive federal subsidies they’re required to voluntarily register with DCF and comply with applicable regulations. Providing care for more than five unrelated children requires a childcare center license, and operating without such a license may subject the operator to prosecution,” the statement, which was obtained by ABC7NY reads.
Ormond is determined to get justice for little Zuri, and also wants the center to be shut down so that no parent or child has to experience what she and her daughter are going through.
“I literally can’t sleep or eat and probably won’t until my daughter receives justice,” Ormond wrote on social media.