Alicia Martin, a Tuscon AZ mom, is demanding to know what happened to her young daughter while she was attending the Creative Beginnings Preschool. Martin discovered that her daughter had been bitten more than a dozen times while attending the preschool.
“It’s stomach-turning. It feels both angry and sad at the same time,” Martin told WKYT.
Martin was shocked to find what was on her 15-month-old daughter’s body after a day at Creative Beginnings Preschool. She said she didn’t find the marks, hidden underneath her daughter’s clothes until she was changing her at home.
“At first, I was like ‘are those really bite marks?’ And then, my brain kinda stopped thinking and I started crying,” Martin told WKYT. “There’s over 25 plus, it’s hard to tell. 25 would be the minimum that the police officer and I discussed.”
According to the Tuscon P.D., officers did take an initial report and the Crime Scene Unit did photograph the child on Feb 26, 2019, the day after the incident allegedly happened. According to Tuscon P.D. Officer Raymond Smith, the bites appear to be from another child. Officer Smith said that the Tuscon Police Department Child Physical Abuse Unit has been investigating, but as of April 29, 2019, no charges have been filed and no arrests have been made.
Former Marines, Martin, and her husband chose the Creative Beginnings Preschool because of its accreditation and its location, that is close to work and the University of Arizona where Alicia is enrolled as a student.
“You always want to protect your children and I feel like that didn’t happen,” Martin told WKYT. “I feel like I left her with someone that didn’t look out for her at all.”
KOLD News 13 reached out to Creative Beginnings Preschool for information about the incident. A woman said the facility has spoken with “the department” and the claims are unsubstantiated. She said the daycare is not prepared to make a statement beyond that.
“The fact that they didn’t notify me even when I picked her up is just, astounding,” said Martin to WKYT.
The Arizona Department of Health Services released the following statement to KOLD News 13 about the incident:
“The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is investigating the incident at Creative Beginnings Daycare and working with law enforcement. The investigation is not completed and ADHS cannot comment on pending investigations.”
“It’s been two months with as far as I know, no repercussions and there’s very unlikely to be any for the daycare,” Martin told WKYT.
The most recent report available online that ADHS filed on the facility was in July 2018. According to the report, 10 citations were issued during the yearly compliance inspection.
The deficiencies included children not being signed in and out, staff not keeping track of the correct number of children in a room and a diaper changing station not up to regulations.
“Do I know what happened? No, but I know that a child getting bitten that many times would be crying and very upset,” Martin said.
Martin said she worries if no action is taken, the same thing that happened to her daughter could happen to someone else’s child.
“The fact that nobody intervened in how many minutes, maybe they were left alone, maybe they just disregarded the cries, I don’t know. But it takes some time to do that kind of biting and my daughter would have been very upset,” Martin said.
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