A Texas daycare center that was once accused of duct-taping children to the floor now stands accused of withholding water from children in order to avoid having to change their wet diapers.
The Morning Call said on Thursday that a new report from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services says that staff at the Heart2Heart Montessori Academy near Fort Worth were potentially negligent in denying the children water and other liquids to keep their diapers dry.
The daycare center is being allowed six months’ probation to continue operating under a new manager, Marissa Gonzales. At the end of that period, if Heart2Heart does not pass a review by the public health officials, it will be closed permanently.
Heart2Heart came under review earlier this summer after a family sued the facility for $1 million in damages after they received photos of their 2-year-old duct-taped to a mat on the floor because he had been unruly at nap time.
A second, criminal investigation regarding Heart2Heart staff is currently underway and is expected to yield results soon.
Police Chief Brad Johnson told Reuters that charges could be made in that case as early as Friday.
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