Ft. Gibson day care investigated for taping toddler's feet to shoes


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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.

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Dereas - 10/10/2013 11:30 AM
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Some of these comments are ridiculous. First of all to everyone that is saying "the parents are making a big deal out of this for no reason." What? Are you kidding me? I'm almost 100% sure that if it were your child, it would be a BIG deal. Second, I personally know the father of this young girl. There is NO WAY that he and his wife are trying to "MAKE A FEW BUCKS" on their beautiful baby girl. Third, I know a few other familys that have pulled their child/children out of Oak Tree Academy due to other problems. I have also worked in a daycare (Aunt Nette's) facility. Actually, at this daycare, before it was Oak Tree Academy from high school to college. I was a young daycare worker but I KNEW better than to do something like that. I agree this wasn't done to harm the child but taping a childs shoes to their feet is NOT the right thing to do.

FreeBird - 10/10/2013 9:17 AM
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Also,in the news story that I saw last night. They were investigating if it was typical for DHS to do a visit 2 times in one month. The news said this has happened twice at this daycare. It is not typical for DHS to visit that often in one month unless there is a complaint or they were non compliant for something. It could have even been paperwork that they were non compliant with - that can cause DHS to have a do two visits in a month. But DHS can also drop by whenever they want.

FreeBird - 10/10/2013 9:12 AM
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OH MY WORD!!! I have worked in childcare 15 years also and am appalled at this comment! Even if this is a young employee who made a mistake, there was no excuse for it!!! By the sounds of it, there was a lead teacher also present. So if this is true, the lead teacher should have LEAD her assistant teacher by telling her that it was wrong and correcting it before the child went home with tape around her ankles!!!! And she should have also let the director know what happened. I'm not saying anything bad about the daycare center. But there were some bad decisions made that day by not just the young daycare employee. Something should have been done about it right away. And yes the ratio's for that age classroom is 1:6, if a teacher is stressed and can't handle 6 children that age on their own, and can't properly care for a child who's shoes keep falling off then they shouldn't be a teacher!

caseysmommy416 - 10/10/2013 8:36 AM
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With 15 years of early childhood experience under my belt, most of them working with children ages 12 months-2 years, I feel compelled to comment on this ! For those that don't know, the licensing requirements for the state of Oklahoma state that for children ages 12 months through 23 months will be in a 1:6 ratio. So children at that age mimic each other all the time. 1 child takes their shoes off, they all do. By the time you get the ill fitting shoes back on that 1st child, you have 5 more pairs to put back on. And start the round again! I am sure these parents who filed that complaint will be likely to dress their child in a snap in the crotch onesie and overalls when it comes time to potty training also. Parents need to realize that it's a whole different ball game at a daycare when you have six 21 month olds to care for at once by yourself vs. the 1 that these parents have at home. This young daycare worker made a mistake with no malicious intent, stop the madeness. Send your child in some shoes that fit!

sidsloop - 10/9/2013 10:21 PM
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It would be a huge deal if this kid turned out to be allergic or hyper-sensitive to tape and adhesive products. Even if she were not, it was not right, or comfortable, and ANY daycare who allowed that should be taken through the wringer. Sorry, but there is a right way and wrong way to treat a kid. I would be moving daycares if the employee was not fired.

Trina - 10/9/2013 10:17 PM
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Thank you freebird!!! I rest my case!! Other peoples comments about how she should have wore shoes that fit her, it just blows my mind!!!! And thank god for directors like you!!

FreeBird - 10/9/2013 9:37 PM
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The problem is these parents who seem to not care if this was their child that came home with shoes taped on and didn't recieve a phone call to bring different shoes!!!

FreeBird - 10/9/2013 9:35 PM
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I am a daycare owner and this is a HUGE deal! All that had to be done was to call the parent and have him bring a different pair of shoes or she would not be able to participate in outdoor activities! There is no need to tape a pair of shoes on! Would your feet and ankles be comfortable in shoes that were taped on??? If these were my daycare employees, they would have been fired! And if my child came home in shoes that were taped on, I would for sure have done something about it!!!!

Trina - 10/9/2013 9:18 PM
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and just because she didnt have shoes on that fit that gives them right to tape them on??? you people are c razy!!! In no circumstance should the person have taped them on? and she should know better! Really Let it be your child and have it irritated/bruise her skin an d make it swell and see what you think then! Just saying doesn't make it right to take the shoes on the lil girl!

Trina - 10/9/2013 9:15 PM
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yeah actually it is wrong to tape a childs shoes to their feed, i have worked many years in day care! and doing this is abuse! the right thing would have been to call parents and say the shoes aren't staying on and could u please bring a different pair? And it wasnt several days later this was just yesterday LockandLoad! If working in daycare you are to know what you should and shouldnt do , we are trained and dhs trained there is no excuse for this!
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