While we all want our children to receive excellent care in daycare, the reality is that abuse and neglect can happen. In 2014, more than 315,000 children were victims of abuse according to the National Children’s Alliance. If your child spends time away from you in the care of others, you need to be aware of the signs of abuse. You also need to understand what to do when you suspect something is wrong. In the horrible circumstance of suspected abuse or neglect, we will you defend your child’s rights. We will ensure your child receives the treatment or counseling they need for what they suffered as a result of daycare abuse.
How an Experienced Daycare Abuse Lawyer can Help
We will make sure you are financially able to remove your child from the dangerous situation. There are never any out-of-pocket expenses for you. If you don’t win the case, you owe us nothing. The first step is always to report the abuse to the authorities and call our daycare abuse lawyers at 1-866-222-9990.
Types of Daycare Abuse
Types of daycare abuse include neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse and emotional abuse. Learn the types and signs so you can find out if your child is not receiving proper care. Early detection and intervention are essential.
- Neglect – Neglect means the absence of care and involves failing to meet the child’s needs, such as not providing food and water.
- Physical Abuse – Though accidents can occur, be on the lookout for purposeful abuse. Physical abuse can result in burns, lacerations, broken limbs, marks on the wrists or ankles from being restrained, head injuries, blistering of the skin or torn ligaments.
- Sexual Abuse – Sometimes predators get jobs in daycares and childcare facilities because the administration doesn’t properly run background checks. This type of abuse can involve rape, intercourse, fondling, oral sex, penetration with objects or a finger, or photographing the child naked or during sexual activity. All of these actions are illegal, and you must take immediate action to protect your child and the other children at the facility.
- Emotional Abuse – In this case, daycare workers may treat or speak to your child in a negative or harmful manner, subjecting him or her to brutal statements and rejection. Your child may also suffer from watching other children be treated this way. Children who have experienced emotional abuse may become withdrawn, emotional or fearful. Sometimes they may begin treating other people—or even dolls and toys—in the same disturbing way they have been treated.
Signs of Daycare Abuse
When you place your child in daycare, you are putting your trust in the staff, especially if your child is too young to talk to you. Children under the age of two are particularly vulnerable to neglect and abuse. A daycare may appear to have a clean and friendly environment, but things are not always as they appear. Look out for these signs that your child has been mistreated:
- The Facility – The building itself should be clean and sanitary. It’s a definite warning sign if staff members at the daycare do not want parents to come in.
- Signs of Neglect – When your children come home, are they clean? Have their diapers been changed? Do they act hungry, clingy or scared? Check for bumps and bruises, which could indicate that either the staff is not paying attention enough to keep the children from getting hurt or could even indicate purposeful physical abuse.
- Signs of Physical or Emotional Abuse – Besides showing the visible signs such as bruises and lacerations, children may exhibit other behaviors that indicate they are being physically abused. Children who have experienced or witnessed physical or emotional abuse may shrink back when they hear raised voices or see someone raise a limb as if to hit them. They might become even become violent themselves or act in ways you’ve never seen anyone act in your home.
- Signs of Sexual Abuse – Watch for emotional withdrawal or fearfulness, clinging, nightmares or screaming at night and bruises/bleeding/rashes around the genitals. Children who are being sexually abused may also show inappropriate sexual knowledge or behavior. The predator may have threatened your child, saying no one will believe him or her, so your child may not tell you what has happened. Always call the authorities and the child abuse lawyers at Danziger & De Llano if you suspect abuse.
Contact us if you Suspect Abuse
If you suspect that your child has been abused or neglected, you need to take action immediately. Child abuse is a criminal offense and reporting it can not only help bring the offender to justice but also protect other children from suffering. Report the problem to a supervisor and federal, state and local authorities. The experienced daycare abuse lawyers at Danziger & De Llano will investigate the incident, help you report the problem to the proper authorities and take action to prevent further harm.
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