|Updated: 10/09/2013 9:09 pm
||Published: 10/09/2013 3:04 pm
A local day care worker and her co-teacher have been suspended amid allegations a toddler's feet were strapped with packing tape to keep her shoes on her feet.
"You can see how red it was. It was really red and irritated. It's still swollen now. It was indented in the skin," said Mike Keane.
The allegations involve Keane's 19-month-old girl at Oak Tree Academy in Ft. Gibson.
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services confirms it had investigators on the scene Wednesday looking into the case.
FOX23 News was there when a Ft. Gibson police officer pulled up to the day care and went inside to speak to employees.
Keane said when his wife picked up their daughter on Tuesday she texted him pictures of her daughters feet and legs that appeared to be red and irritated.
"It's still swollen on the ankles here," said Keane.
He said Madilyn's feet were swollen from packing tape an employee at Oak Tree Academy used to keep her Tom-brand shoes from falling off.
"Her ankle was taped up like a high top. And it hurt her. You don't want to see your kid hurt for any reason, especially if it is unnecessary," said Keane.
On Wednesday Keane said he took his daughter to the doctor to be examined.
"There is nothing permanent but the fact that she had to endure any of it all is unnecessary," said Keane.
FOX23 News followed up with the day care but no one wanted to comment on camera. Instead, the owner sent a statement on behalf of her daughter, Sendi Haumann, who is the director. It's the same statement sent to parents at the day care stating all employees are making sure they understand proper guidelines.
Sendi Haumann told parents the child's shoes, would not stay on as required when at the day care. She said the employee made a 'regrettable mistake.'
"If they are taking them off or if they are falling off, keep her inside or call me; I will bring her a pair of shoes, I'm five minutes away," said Keane.
The director told parents there was no harm intended, she only wanted to protect the child.
"I don't think it was a malicious thing, I don't think they meant to hurt her I think it was just ignorance," said Keane.
The owner told FOX23 News the employee had been there since March and that she and her co-teacher have been suspended during the investigation.
"You would expect when you drop your kid off at day care, their main job is to care for your kids," said Keane.
The Keane's said they pulled their daughter from the day care. The Ft. Gibson police chief said this is the first complaint filed with their department against the day care.
FOX23 News checked the online DHS facility monitoring site and found the last inspection was in July 2013 and they were compliant.
Also in February 2013, inspectors found violations for building maintenance which means building conditions and non-compliant in the "rest time" category which means sleep space and equipment.