Louisiana Department of Education to investigate Sulphur daycare after new report filed against it

Louisiana Department of Education to investigate Sulphur daycare after new report filed against it

SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - A new report was filed against Appletree Kids, Inc. daycare in Sulphur Friday, but this isn’t the first one, according to the Louisiana Department of Education.

Amanda Field, the woman who filed a report Friday, said she signed her 17-month-old daughter up for daycare so she could socialize with other kids her age. Field said Appletree Kids daycare has cameras that allow parents to check in on their children throughout the day.

Just days after enrolling her daughter, she saw something she wasn’t expecting.

“She lifted her by the wrist and threw her on a cot to take a nap. I was not okay with that," Field said. “I broke down crying in my doctor’s office, I just didn’t know what to do because I wasn’t right there to stop it from happening.”

Field said the employee responsible was fired, and she let her daughter return to Appletree because she believed the problem was solved. On the contrary, her daughter continued to come home with injuries, leading her to file a report with the Louisiana Department of Education.

“She had two golf ball sized bruises on her forehead. She had a busted up lip from somebody hitting her I don’t know if it was a kid or what had happened. I know kids hit when they’re in daycare. Then, she had two bite marks in the middle of her back," Field said.

This isn’t the first time Appletree Kids daycare has had a report filed against them. Last year, Kadie Rousse said she had a similar experience, leading her to also report the facility.

“I started getting a really weird feeling. I don’t know if you have children, but you just get that mom intuition. I had looked on the cameras and that’s when I had saw her yanking him and tossed, him," Rousse said, holding back tears.

According to the Department of Education’s Statement of Deficiencies report in May 2018, one staff member could be seen in a video “yanking him back out of the chair by one arm and slamming him back into the chair.”

After the incident in May, that employee was also fired, according to the Louisiana Department of Education.

“Be careful, do your research, listen to what other people are telling you. Even if you might not have experienced it, it’s still the fact that it happened,” Rousse said.

“I would encourage other parents; if something has happened at a daycare that you’ve enrolled them at, you need to call because there could be another kid after that," Field said.

We reached out to Appletree Kids Daycare to comment on these complaints, to which they responded:

To uphold the confidentiality and integrity and trust of our families, children, and staff - we cannot comment on specific incidents.

The Louisiana Department of Education confirmed they received a complaint against the facility Friday, saying its licensing division will move on with an investigation.

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