Photo of child taped to bed at N. Texas day care alarms parents - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Photo of child taped to bed at N. Texas day care alarms parents

WILLOW PARK, TX (CNN/ WFAA) -- Parents came Thursday night for a face-to-face with the director of Heart2Heart Montessori Academy in Willow Park in Parker County.

The meeting was prompted by a photo circulating among parents showing a child secured to his napping mat by two strips of duct tape over his blanket; one near his feet, the other near his shoulders. A now-former worker at the school in Parker County snapped the photo this week out of concern.

Parent Lorrie Almquist said academy co-owner Pam Decker called her Wednesday, and admitted she did something similar to Almquist's 3-year-old son the same day.

“I was honestly in such shock, I had no words to say to her," Almquist said. “I was immediately angry. Upset.”Lorrie Almquist pulled her son out of school."She was very apologetic, and told me it was something that probably shouldn't have been done," Almquist said. News 8 obtained an e-mail that academy director Ashlea Pena sent to parents. 

She wrote, "Mrs. Decker is devastated by a very foolish decision she made." She goes on to say the child in the photo was "in no way harmed or caused any distress."Child Protective Services confirmed it is investigating a complaint of prohibited punishment. The academy also quickly self-reported the incident. CPS said a routine inspection in April found zero deficiencies, which a spokesperson said is uncommon for day cares.

Few parents commented after Thursday’s meeting."Obviously, I'm concerned,” said one mom, “but the meeting went well."She said she's leaving her child enrolled, and that the owner who allegedly taped the children is no longer allowed at the school.

The inspection report shows the state is also investigating complaints of water being withheld, and children placed in empty rooms.Heart2Heart Academy released a statement to News 8 Thursday, saying "The school has an exemplary performance history, and will work with childcare licensing authorities."

 

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Seniors comforting VZ Co. children one blanket at a time

    Seniors comforting VZ Co. children one blanket at a time

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:52:57 GMT
    CANTON (KYTX) - Seniors in Canton are making a difference in the Van Zandt County community by putting their fingers to work. Ladies at Country Place Senior Living get together every week to make blankets for abused children. More >>
    CANTON (KYTX) - Seniors in Canton are making a difference in the Van Zandt County community by putting their fingers to work. Ladies at Country Place Senior Living get together every week to make blankets for abused children. More >>
  • Peterson's attorney responds to new allegations he injured another son

    Peterson's attorney responds to new allegations he injured another son

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:18 AM EDT2014-09-16 13:18:09 GMT
    HOUSTON (KHOU) -- New accusations against Adrian Peterson come from another mother who has another four-year-old son of Peterson, and also involve Peterson striking his boy as a form of discipline.Peterson's attorney Rusty Hardin responded with the following statement:The allegation of another investigation into Adrian Peterson is simply not true. This is not a new allegation, it's one that is unsubstantiated and was shopped around to authorities in two states over a year ago and nothing came...More >>
    HOUSTON (KHOU) -- New accusations against Adrian Peterson come from another mother who has another four-year-old son of Peterson, and also involve Peterson striking his boy as a form of discipline.Peterson's attorney Rusty Hardin responded with the following statement:The allegation of another investigation into Adrian Peterson is simply not true. This is not a new allegation, it's one that is unsubstantiated and was shopped around to authorities in two states over a year ago and nothing came...More >>
  • Tuesday Morning Weather: Scattered showers, high 87

    Tuesday Morning Weather: Scattered showers, high 87

    East Texas (KYTX)- Good Tuesday Morning! Scattered showers and morning drizzle are possible today as a disturbance works across the state.  More >>
    East Texas (KYTX)- Good Tuesday Morning! Scattered showers and morning drizzle are possible today as a disturbance works across the state.  More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.