When we drop our kids off at daycare, it’s with the expectation that they will be cared for in our absence. That might include educational play, kisses and Band Aids for boo-boos, changed diapers, and certainly healthy food.
One North Carolina mother, however, says an employee at her daycare service crossed the line…by breastfeeding her baby.
When she’d already been specifically told not to.
And then, unbelievably, it got even worse.
Kaycee Oxendine dropped off her three-month-old son at Carrboro Early School one day this week, where Oxendine also works as a pre-K teacher.
She told the daycare worker (who normally worked at a different nearby facility) that her baby was constipated, in response to which the woman asked if Oxendine wanted her to breastfeed the child to see if it would help.
She said that she had a son and did I want her to put my child to her breast and breastfeed? the distraught mom told local ABC news. And I said no, thats nasty. We dont do things like that.
Later, Oxendine saw security footage that shows what happened right after she left the room.
The video captured the woman adjusting her top and then bringing the baby to her chest, apparently to feed him.
Another employee reported the incident, and the daycare director says the breastfeeding bandit has been fired. He also filed the matter with the DHHS and informed the other parents what had happened.
“He’s done everything in his power that he can do so I’m not angry at the director,” Oxendine said. “I’m not angry at the childcare center. I’m very angry at the employee. I do hope that there’s justice for my son.” She wants to file charges against the woman, in part because of what happened next.
After leaving the daycare center that evening, Oxendine’s baby fell ill.
He started vomiting, so she rushed the baby to University of North Carolina Hospital.
He got sick, Oxendine says, because he was born prematurely, is lactose intolerant and can’t digest milk products. Including breast milk.
This daycare, along with the one where the (now former) employee normally worked, have both been recently inspected.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services gave both facilities superior ratings.
This story is freaking many parents around the country out, no doubt. Nobody leaves their children in the care of someone else unless they’re sure their kids will be safe, but it makes one wonder…how sure can you really be?
You can see the report on this bizarre scenario here in this local news segment.
So, what do you think? Was the daycare worker just trying to be helpful, or did she commit a criminal act that violated the mother’s wishes and (however unintentionally) endangered the child? Would you press charges?