The Associated Press reports that the 14-year-old son of a daycare owner is being held on suspicion of molesting a child. The incident occurred in Burbank at a family daycare center. Suspicion of daycare abuse was brought about after the mother of the child – a four year old – who was allegedly abused reported the abuse to authorities. This gives a good lesson in how daycare abuse is sometimes rooted out.
Parents and Authorities
In truth, most of the people who work at daycare facilities would be disgusted to find out that any sort of abuse was going on at the facility at which they worked. At the same time, parents may find themselves facing a lot of stonewalling if they attempt to report abuse to the administration. Obviously, the administration has a vested interest in not having abuse allegations leveled at their facility.
If you suspect that your child is being abused, there are some experts that you can rely upon to help you determine whether or not you need to take the next step and contact authorities. First, take your child to their physician and have them examined. Physicians have the skills and knowledge to detect the common signs of abuse and can make certain that the signs of abuse are properly documented, which will be necessary if a criminal case comes out of it.
As an alternative, you may want to bring your child to a counselor. This is particularly the case if you don’t see any signs of physical abuse. Mental abuse can be just as devastating to children as physical abuse and, of course, it leaves no physical signs, which makes it frustratingly difficult to detect. A good child counselor will know how to look for the signs of abuse and, quite often, they can get children to open up to them in ways that they would not to their parents.
If your child was the victim of some sort of daycare abuse, contacting an attorney is a sensible move. Contacting an attorney does not mean you automatically file a lawsuit. It does, however, give you an opportunity to speak with somebody with a great deal of knowledge about whether or not filing a lawsuit might be a good option for your family. If it is, a good daycare abuse attorney may be able to get a jury award or a settlement that could help provide for your child.