Indianapolis, IN – Upon finding out her 1-year-old son was viciously abused by someone at his day care, one Indianapolis mother is infuriated. The infant is now in the hospital so doctors can determine how bad his injuries are.
Tiffany Griffin recalled hearing child screaming when she arrived at Kiddiegarden day care Monday afternoon. A few hours after she took baby Jesse and her older son to the day care, she says she received a call from them.
“Now I gotta be a stay at home mom and not do the thing I want to do to advance in life to give them the best in order to make sure they’re taken care of and not neglected,” said the boys’ mother Tiffany Griffin.
Baby Jesse suffered multiple cuts to his face and both of his eyes and lips were swollen.
Tiffany confessed to punching the 22-year-old day care worker out of anger. The police report now identifies this worker as the suspect. However, the worker claims another child attacked Jesse.
“It’s no way a baby, a 2-year-old and that baby was small and she didn’t look like she was the violent type and her mom said she wasn’t the violent type and her mom said scratches her baby might do but when seen that picture she started crying and said her baby wouldn’t do anything like that,” Tiffany said.
In an effort to get some answers, FOX59 went to the Kiddiegarden, though no one came to the door. The station managed to contact the owner by phone but was old “no comment.” Later on, the owner called again to inform them the worker at the time of the incident had been fired.
“She didn’t even call the owner. She didn’t call the police, she didn’t call the ambulance, she didn’t call nobody,” Tiffany said.
While doctors continue to determine if young Jesse’s injuries will have any long-term effects, Tiffany is unsure whether 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. I’ve been going to school for two years and I just got him into day care just when I call myself getting stuff on track,” Tiffany said.
According to FOX59, the Kiddiegarden is a licensed day care and its last inspection was in October 2017. The investigation is still ongoing – no charges or arrests have been at this time.
The owner of the day care told FOX59 the worker has been fired.
Kiddiegarden issued this statement Tuesday:
“We are deeply saddened about what took place yesterday afternoon to Jesse. We at Kiddiegarden pride ourselves on not only providing quality service to families, but also providing a clean, safe and healthy environment for all of our children since we opened our doors three years ago. Kiddiegarden has never had any accusations of abuse or maltreatment from any of our children or parents. This was truly a sad, shocking and unfortunate event. We have been diligently working with law enforcement, child protective services, as well as state agencies on this matter. We have been fully cooperative and transparent with law enforcement to complete their investigation. Our hearts go out to Jesse and his family and are praying for his well being. Due to this still being an ongoing investigation, we are not at liberty to disclose any further details. We have confidence in the detectives who are handling the investigation to give us a final report of the incident, which we will make public. At that time we will make another statement addressing the matter.”