ABILENE, Texas (KTAB / KRBC) – A former worker at an Abilene daycare makes serious allegations against the facility, saying she saw her colleagues giving benadryl to a child without the knowledge or consent of the parents.
It wouldn’t be the first time Maw’s Child Care on North 1st Street has come under fire. Since opening in April, the daycare has received 21 citations for deficiencies found by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, including one citation for failing to properly check the backgrounds of three employees.
Trystynn Lord says she had only been employed at Maw Daycare for less than a month when she witnessed acts that would ultimately cause her to quit, claiming she saw not one but two of her colleagues giving benadryl to an unruly little girl to fall asleep during nap time.
“Well, I have something to solve this problem.” . .she leaves the classroom. . . I have no idea what’s going on, come in with a bottle of benadryl, fill the cap with the medicine, give it to her, tell her it’s water so she’s going to drink it because she doesn’t didn’t want it at first, ”says Lord. And the next day it happened again.
Lord says what she did after witnessing the dosage for the second time, saying, “Came a few hours the next day, removed the parent number from the app we have, then I stopped and called her. “
The little girl’s mother Maribel Sandoval says she was shocked when she learned what Lord had seen.
“It was really hard to deal with, I just can’t imagine anyone doing this to a child,” says Sandoval. “I had no idea what was going on there like, uh, if I did, I mean I trusted these people to watch my kids.”
Another employee, who spoke to KTAB and KRBC but wishes to remain anonymous, said: “When I first arrived, one of the ladies said they were under investigation for , uh, child abuse “.
Maw’s Child Care owner Sondra Mata has released the following statement regarding the allegations:
“As the owner of Maw’s Child Care, I am aware of the allegations that have been posted on social media. As a licensed child care facility, I assure you that we are regularly regulated and monitored by Texas Health and Human Services to ensure that we provide quality care to the children in our care. If there have been substantiated violations in our facility’s operations, we are required to publish them and make them available for review by parents / guardians. As the director of the facility, I work hard to provide an affordable child care program with an emphasis on providing a safe environment for the social, emotional and physical development of children. I want parents to enter / leave our facility with peace of mind knowing that their child (ren) are in a loving and nurturing environment. I think we can all agree that child care centers across the country struggle to get and maintain good quality staff, but I assure you that I am monitoring my staff to make sure they are helping us provide childcare services. good quality.
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