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Texas day care facing investigation over photos of toddlers held down with duct tape

By David Ferguson
Friday, June 20, 2014 20:55 EDT
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A family-run day care facility in Willow Park, Texas is facing parents’ wrath and investigation by Child Protective Services after photos surfaced this week of children duct-taped down for their naps.

According to KFOR News Channel 4, a former worker at the Heart 2 Heart Montessori Academy circulated the photos among parents, who are furious.

One mother told KFOR that her 3-year-old was tied down with duct tape because he refused to take a nap. She said that school officials admitted to her that they had tied down multiple children who presented discipline problems during nap time.

Heart 2 Heart’s director Ashlea Pena issued a statement on Friday that said, “The staff and I have the best interest of the children and parents as our highest priority. The school has exemplary performance history, and will work with childcare licensing authorities and cooperate fully with any investigation.”

The school received a visit from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Child Care Licensing Division on Thursday. The facility was last inspected in April and found to be free of violations.

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David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
 
 
 
 
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