Family Of Child Injured At Muskogee Daycare Frustrated With DHS

Thursday, September 27th 2018, 7:41 pm
By: News On 6

The family of a 6-year-old girl who was badly injured at a Muskogee Daycare said they’re frustrated at the lack of action taken by DHS after the incident.

The girl was injured so badly at the daycare that she required plastic surgery.

The family's attorney, Steve Money, said they met with DHS but the meeting lasted less than 10 minutes. Money said DHS still had no answers for them.

"Right off the bat we were told, ‘Well, I really can't tell you anything,’" Money said.

The attorney said DHS told the parents they couldn't say much because of privacy laws.

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"I don't believe a minor child's privacy applies to the parents, and this person just refused to say anything," Money said.

DHS said in a statement, "Per state law, child welfare investigations are confidential. In this instance, the parents were not investigated...the provider was investigated."

"I can't even call that a meeting. It's a non-meeting. It was a joke," Money said.

Child Welfare Services released a report in September saying allegations of neglect and abuse at Champions Child Care Center are unsubstantiated.

But, a report from DHS's licensing branch shows investigators did find issues with supervision at Champions.

"I'm sorry, I thought their job was to protect the children. They're not doing it," Money said.

Champions Child Care Center did not want to comment but they did say earlier in the investigation that it was an accident and the child was hurt when two kids ran into each other.

Regardless, Money said the family wants to see some kind of action from DHS.

"We're 40-something days into this and DHS has really done nothing," the attorney said.

Money said they have plans to file a lawsuit against the daycare.