A North Carolina man has filed a police report after he alleges his son’s daycare used a scrub brush to remove marker from his face, leaving the boy with multiple scabs, cuts, and sores.
Agustin Luna is demanding a full investigation from police into what he says was inappropriate conduct on the part of daycare staff.
“Seeing my son like that, that was terrible,” Luna told WRAL News in North Carolina. “No kid, four years old, deserves to be hurt like that.”
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According to Luna, he dropped off his two boys at Little Angels Preparatory School in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina the morning of May 13. He said the boys had been playing with markers the night before and his four-year-old son, also named Agustin, still had marker on his face that he was unable to remove before dropping them off.
Luna said he told daycare workers not to remove the marker and that he would deal with it when he picked the boys up. Then he received a call from daycare staff later that same day.
“[The staffer] says she washed Agustin’s face. She says, ‘it’s going to be a little bit red, I put medicine on it, I put Neosporin,’” Luna said. “[My son] was telling me the teacher scrubbed it with a brush, wiping, and then a paper towel.”
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Luna said he eventually took his son to the hospital as redness and sores gave way to scabs. He also filed a report with the Fuquay-Varina Police Department.
“The four-year-old had received an injury to his face from an employee of the daycare who allegedly scrubbed a mark from a magic marker off of the child’s face,” the department said in a press release. “The father had taken his son to receive medical attention and was treated and released.”
Global News reached out to Little Angels Preparatory School, who declined to comment beyond a brief statement.
“The only thing we’re worried about right now is that little Agustin is well,” an employee of the school, who declined to give his name, told Global News. “We’ll deal with everything else after that.”
Police are urging the public to remember that the investigation is ongoing and no one has been found guilty or even arrested yet.
“It is important to state that all individuals are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law,” police said. “They will not be proven guilty by public opinion or in the media. We also do not believe in further victimizing abuse victims as these are very serious investigations.”