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Police probe 1-year-old boy’s apparent beating at day care


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(AP) – A 1-year-old Indianapolis boy was apparently attacked at a day care center, leaving his lips, eyes and face horribly swollen and sparking a police investigation.

The boy’s mother, Tiffany Griffin, said she was summoned to the day care Monday afternoon a few hours after dropping her two sons off there and was so outraged by her younger son Jesse’s scratched and bloody face that she punched a day care worker.

Griffin told WXIN-TV that her son was hospitalized for his injuries.

Indianapolis police spokesman Officer Aaron Hamer said Tuesday that detectives are investigating, but that no arrest has been made.

The owner of the Kiddiegarden day care, Haben Ghebremichael, told The Associated Press that a 2-year-old girl had attacked Griffin’s son and that girl had blood on her hands afterwards. While it’s not uncommon for that girl to act out, she said Tuesday that, “the extent of the injuries just blows our minds.”

Ghebremichael said a worker at the day care separated the two children during Monday’s attack but the boy had already been injured by that time. She said her business began receiving harassing phone calls following news reports of the boy’s injury and was closed Tuesday. She said she wasn’t sure when it will reopen.

Ghebremichael said in a prepared statement that her business has never faced any allegations of abuse or maltreatment and it is cooperating fully with police, child protective services and state agencies. “This was truly a sad, shocking and unfortunate event,” she said in an emailed statement. “Our hearts go out to Jesse and his family and are praying for his well-being.”

Kiddiegarden is a licensed day care and was last inspected in October 2017, WXIN-TV reported.

Griffin said she doesn’t believe the 2-year-old girl attacked her son, saying that child “was small and she didn’t look like she was the violent type.”

She said that when she showed a photo of her son’s swollen face to the girl’s mother, that woman “started crying and said her baby wouldn’t do anything like that.”

Griffin said she isn’t sure if she can ever leave her children in someone else’s care again.

“I couldn’t protect him and I was trying to do what’s best for my kids like going to the doctor, taking care of my health and going to school,” she said.

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One comment

  1. I empathise with the mother who in good faith drops her children in a place that should be fun and care-free only to pick up one of her children all battered, bruised and fearful. Other children CAN inflict unsightly injury on their play mates. If adult supervision is poor and staff are untrained in behavioural management, these children can make play hell for other children.

    When the ratio of children to adults is adequate, incidents of this kind is well managed. Children who are hurting other children need a one to one supervision at all times. It is sad that this incident is deemed a matter to involve the police when it seems to be a behavioural issue for the staff and manager of the centre to solve. Additional resources may be needed to provide a service for children with severe learning needs. In my view, a child who is continuously attacking other children has severe learning needs. The centre should not be dealing with this problem on its own and need education authority input.

    I am speaking from experience. When my own child was 18 months old, she would became extremely fearful the closer she got to her kindergarten that I decided to linger awhile to see what was causing her to be afraid. In plain sight of staff, this little person a lot smaller than my daughter tried to attack my daughter. I asked the staff how they manage this child’s aggression towards other children. They were clueless, so I removed my child from their service and made a complaint to the manager of the centre and the education authority.

    Children need to be socialized including children with behavioural problems. Sadly some children with very severe learning problems may not learn to be sociable and when they approach adulthood may need two adults to manage them effectively when they are in social situations.


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