Mom wants answers after tot allegedly burned at day care

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on October 4, 2012 at 8:03 AM

DALLAS — The mother of a little girl who came home from her day care center with burns on her cheek and behind her ear wants to know what happened.

Kyelynn Speaks is still healing from the injuries that her mother said happened at Brighter Day Academy in Dallas last Thursday.

"I picked her up and she had a bandage on her face, and I go, 'What happened?' I was hysterical," Erica Speaks said.

Kyelynn's mom said workers gave her a piece of paper claiming the 18-month-old fell and scraped herself.

Speaks didn't believe them, and took Kyelynn to the hospital. She said the injuries alarmed nurses and doctors.

"She (a nurse) said it looked like the one on her check was a second degree burn, and the other looked like a third degree burn," Speaks said. "When the doctors came in, they also called them burns."

Speaks wants to know why she never got a call about the incident — a procedure laid out in the day care center's handbook. 

"She took my right to protect my child away from me," said the mother. 

Speaks also mentioned that employees at the center first said her daughter fell; then later claimed she was injured on a slide; and then she was told the girl had been with a cook. 

She wants to know what really happened. 

Speaks filed a police report and a complaint with state regulators.

The Department of Family and Protective Services is investigating.  Its priority is to determine whether Brighter Day Academy is safe for children. The investigation could take up to 30 days. 

"I want whoever was taking care of my daughter  to be held accountable," Speaks said. "Why wasn't I notified? And why did they have a cook watching my daughter? It makes you think she was in the kitchen."

We went to the Brighter Day Academy for comment, but didn't get a response. The facility remains open.

Speaks never went back with Kyelynn. She hopes the investigation forces the day care to close its doors.

"I don't want this to happen to anyone else. This could have been fatal. It could have been a lot worse," Speaks said.

We checked  Brighter Day Academy's record.  The state found seven deficiencies during recent inspections, but none of them were major.

You can check out their report and your own child's day care records online at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

E-mail mdiaz@wfaa.com

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