Parents want communication on child care abuse investigations

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Parents who want more communication and notice when allegations of child abuse surface in child care centers battled it out at the State Capitol on Friday. Matt and Ashlynn Turner took their son to Rosewood Academy on the Omaha subway. They said they discovered the daycare was being investigated by the state on social media. Health and Social Services Committee regarding alleged abuse reported to daycare. “For our child, things include being restrained with blankets over their heads during naps, being dragged across the room by their arms and being yelled at,” Ashlynn Turner said. Melissa Krajeski said her 15-month-old son once came home with marks on his abdomen. She and the other parents had no idea anything was wrong until months later. “I became aware of this incident in March 2021. One year after the child abuse,” said Amanda Podwinski. She and other parents didn’t even know it was their own children who were part of the investigation. they support LB 854 introduced by State Senator Jen Day. It requires Child and Family Services to immediately notify Public Health Division licensing officials in all situations of child abuse or neglect. Both agencies report to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. “Clearly there is a disconnect between law enforcement, hotline reporting and licensure,” Day said. She said it would not address many concerns such as parental notification. but it’s starting. “It’s a much slower process and the parents here deserve it, but I firmly believe that this small step can fix an obvious flaw in our system,” Day said. Many parents said they were never contacted by law enforcement. “In our specific case, the evidence was impossible because we discovered it a year later,” Podwinski said. All Rosewood Academy locations were closed in March 2021 and remain closed. no challenge to an amended misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. Kristen Jones worries about how long she kept her 2-year-old in daycare because she didn’t know. “There are two state agencies to keep children safe and this has not happened. There is or was a proven pattern of child abuse in these facilities. In our case, the agencies n “Have done nothing until it’s too late. Too many children have been affected by this and we need to do better,” Jones told a spokesperson for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. said it immediately reports child abuse to law enforcement if a call to the Abuse and Neglect Hotline shows a child is in imminent danger. other calls are reported the next business day good buy-in and/or development of new processes Day said she also wanted to expand on reporting child care abuse She introduced LR 213 which creates a legislative study Matt Turner agreed that more needed to be done. “Until we cor If we do this, the children will continue to be abused. Parents will continue to wonder why their children can’t sleep at night. Why are they acting violently,” Turner said.

Parents who want more communication and notice when allegations of child abuse surface in child care centers battled it out at the state Capitol on Friday.

Matt and Ashlynn Turner took their son to Rosewood Academy on the Omaha subway.

They said they discovered the daycare was being investigated by the state on social media.

“The state has concluded that there were substantiated allegations of abuse with our children’s teacher. The daycare didn’t tell us. The state didn’t tell us,” Matt said. Turner.

Ashlynn Turner and other parents have informed members of the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee about the alleged abuse reported at the daycare.

“For our child, that includes being held down with blankets over his head during naps, being dragged across the room by his arms, and yelling at him,” Ashlynn Turner said.

Melissa Krajeski said her 15-month-old son once came home with marks on his abdomen.

She and the other parents had no idea anything was wrong until months later.

“I became aware of this incident in March 2021. One year after the child abuse,” said Amanda Podwinski.

She and other parents didn’t even know it was their own children who were part of the investigation.

“We were never informed by either the DHHS public health department or the CFS department of an investigation involving our daughter,” Amanda Sway said.

That’s why they support LB 854 introduced by State Sen. Jen Day.

It is necessary for Child and Family Services to immediately notify Public Health Division licensing officials of all situations of child abuse or neglect.

Both agencies report to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

“It’s clear there’s a disconnect between law enforcement, reporting the hotline, and getting a permit,” Day said.

She said it wouldn’t address many concerns such as parental notification, but it’s a start.

“It’s a much slower process and the parents here deserve it, but I firmly believe that this small step can fix an obvious flaw in our system,” Day said.

Many parents said they were never contacted by law enforcement.

“In our specific case, the evidence was impossible because we discovered this a whole year later,” Podwinski said.

All Rosewood Academy locations were closed in March 2021 and remain closed.

Court records show three workers, including the owner, were given probation after pleading uncontested to an amended misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge.

Kristen Jones worries about how long she kept her 2-year-old in daycare because she didn’t know.

“There are two state agencies to keep children safe and this has not happened. There is or was a proven pattern of child abuse in these facilities. In our case, the agencies n “Have done nothing until it’s too late. Too many children have been affected by this and we need to do better,” Jones said.

A spokesperson for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said it immediately reports child abuse to law enforcement if a call to the abuse and neglect hotline shows that a child is in imminent danger.

The state said further calls are being reported the next business day.

DHHS said if law enforcement gets involved, it becomes the lead agency, with a concerted and coordinated effort involving state agencies.

DHHS said the agency’s protocols and actions are reviewed regularly to ensure proper compliance and/or development of new processes.

Day said she also wanted to get deeper into reporting child care abuse.

She introduced LR 213 which creates a legislative study.

Matt Turner agreed that more needed to be done.

“Until we fix this, children will continue to be abused. Parents will continue to wonder why their children can’t sleep at night. Why are they acting violently,” Turner said.

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