Mother shares harrowing photos of 1-year-old daughter covered in bite marks after day care
An Arizona couple is speaking out after their 1-year-old daughter Mila was returned from day care covered in bite marks last week.
Rocio Enriquez told KGUN that when her husband, Rylee Umsted, went to pick up their daughter on April 25 from day care at Sunrise Preschools in Maricopa, he discovered large bite marks all over the child's back.
"She was shaking and I knew she didn't want to be there," Umsted told the station.
According to the couple, day care employees claimed the incident took place about twenty minutes before Mila's father picked her up, adding that it happened in a "very short" time span.
"[The employee] told me there were three children in the classroom including my daughter," Enriquez said. "A teacher was changing a diaper ... when another child went on top of her and started biting her."
However, Enriquez says she remains skeptical of the school's version of the story.
"One bite mark that you look at you'd be like, she'd be screaming bloody murder," she added. "So I want to know if someone heard a scream, where was management?"
Dana Vela, the president of Sunrise Preschools, issued an apology following the incident, writing that the caregiver responsible "has been suspended without pay pending further investigation" and the child who bit Mila has been expelled.
"This incident was heartbreaking and unacceptable and we are working diligently to ensure it does not happen again," Vela continued. "We are reviewing all policies and procedures and will take whatever steps are needed to prevent this rare but serious matter from repeating itself."
In response, Lashawna Goulburne, the mother of the 2-year-old boy who bit Mila, defended her toddler son, asserting that "he's not at fault here."
"He's 2 and we pay," she told KGUN. "Not only me, but the other family. We pay for our children to be protected and be monitored and safe."