This Day Care’s Punishment Method Prompts Parents To Remove Son & Citation From State

Jason and Rebecca Vannest said watching their child grow is amazing and is happening fast. “He loves laughing, and he loves having fun,” Jason Vannest said. Two-year-old William brings them constant joy, even though he’s in his “terrible twos.” They’ve looked forward to raising their first child. “Even before I was pregnant, I actually put together an Excel list, and was going through different day cares, and calling, and visiting, just trying to find somewhere where we felt comfortable,” Rebecca Vannest said. After a long search, they fell in love with Rainbow Child Care Center in Davison. For more than a year they thought they made the right choice. “I would often call and say he was a little upset at drop-off, is he doing OK now? Do you need anything? Is he being good for you today? It felt like we had a trust,” Rebecca Vannest said. In June, shortly after William’s second birthday, they said that trust was shattered. “We had a contact from a worker at Rainbow who had a great concern about the care that he was being provided,” Jason Vannest said. Rebecca Vannest, “She was just, kind of sick to her stomach about it so she had to tell us.” That’s when someone on the inside shared a photo with the Vannests. “She explained to us he was being physically bound for naps, and over time, this happened about a period of a couple of months,” Jason Vannest said. They said the picture shows a clear case of abuse, William swaddled and bound against his will. The Vannests said it happened at the hands of a veteran child care worker, who according to this family, still has her job. “It was, it was really upsetting,” Rebecca Vannest said. The Vannests immediately pulled William from the facility. Through the Freedom of Information Act, TV5 received several pages of documents related to the case, confirming that the Department of Health and Human Services interviewed workers and families as part of its investigation. In the end, the agency cited the day care center for wrongdoing for “restricting William’s movement during nap time.” However, because of confidentiality, the punishment, if any, is not known.

via WNEM

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