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Local Day Care Under Investigation

Sefra Eastrada,  says she witnessed a co-worker hit an 8 month old baby on his head. Sefra Eastrada, says she witnessed a co-worker hit an 8 month old baby on his head.

An alleged case of child abuse at Hagy Day Care is under investigation. 
 
It's every parents worse nightmare and Sefra Eastrada, a parent and daycare worker lived it. 
She says she witnessed a co-worker hit an 8 month old baby on his head. 

"I didn't ever think all day cares were like that until I saw it with my own eyes what happened.....just because our kids can't speak doesn't mean they're not trying to tell us something."

Afterwards, Estrada says she was told she did not see what she saw. But she immediately reported the incident to the day care center, and got child care licensing involved. Estrada says the incident was so traumatic that she has since left the day care. 

According to Child Protective Services Spokemen, Greg Cunningham, the facility is under investigation for inappropriate discipline. 

"Any discipline that doesn't adhere to the minimum standards, this would include physical discipline, corporal punishment and things of that nature. I can't get into the exact allegation because the investigation is ongoing."

But according to Estrada, the employee has returned to work after a brief absence. That's why Estrada decided to speak out. She says parents need to be aware of the dangers some day care employees. 

"I think there should be cameras or some kind of surveillance where parents can go in and see to check up on their kids to make sure they are okay." 
  
As for now, we are not sure what if any disciplinary actions were taken against the employee.  Estrada says the employee was suspended but has since returned to work.We did make several attempts to contact hagy day care center  for a comment, but did not receive a call back. 

To make sure your child is safe in their local day care or check out local day cares in our area log on to www.txchildcaresearch.org

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