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Day Care Tapes Shoes to Toddler's Ankles: How Would You React?

PUBLISHED ON 05/24/2018

Toddlers don’t exactly have a reputation for sitting still or behaving perfectly. So when a fidgeting 17-month-old spent some time trying to take her shoes off at day care, a staffer handled it by taping them to her ankles. While this is problematic in and of itself, the employee also taped them too tightly to the toddler’s skin. Mom Jessica Hayes took to Facebook to vent her frustration.

"I am upset that this happened to my child as someone was clearly upset that she was learning take her shoes off and done it out of being aggravated,” Hayes wrote in a since-removed post. “This was also not just her shoes being taped up; it was around her ankle. To the sports players who tape their shoes, they are older, have the say so in doing so and are able to say it is too tight and bothering them. My 17-month-old child was unable to say anything."

Photo: Jessica Hayes via Facebook

Photos show tape residue and red marks on the child’s ankles, as well as swelling and bruising.

Photo: Jessica Hayes via Facebook

If you assume Hayes is pulling her daughter from Pleasant Hill day care in Elkin, North Carolina, think again.

"Pleasant Hill Daycare as well took appropriate action and dismissed the two employees involved. There was a note to all parents to make aware an incident did occur, this note did not state names or exactly what happened as it shouldn’t," she says. "The names of these people I feel shouldn’t be mentioned as it is their privacy. I have personally spoken with the director and viewed the footage together we both feel the appropriate action was taken. This is all that matters as the parent and director feel appropriate action was taken."

Still, Hayes is facing criticism from parents who say she’s making the day care center look bad.

“I hold my head high and feel I have done everything needed to be the voice of my child," she says in response. "I do not apologize for my opinion. In no way have I created a bad name for this day care. Everyone has formed their own opinion on the day care."