FRAMINGHAM (CBS) – Three suspended staff members at a Framingham day care have been fired after a toddler was allegedly hanged from a door knob by his shirt.
The alleged incident happened last Friday at KinderCare.
Police say one KinderCare worker allegedly suspended the 20-month-old boy by his shirt while the other two took photos of it.
The boy was not hurt.
“What occurred was completely inappropriate and out of line with the standard of care we provide to families and the children entrusted to our care every day,” said Knowledge Universe, KinderCare’s parent company, in a statement. “As we move forward, we will be doing everything in our power, including retraining all center staff, to ensure that nothing like this occurs again.”
Many parents dropping their children off on Friday morning told WBZ-TV that they were unaware of the claims.
“I’m in shock right now,” said parent Jose Torres. “They didn’t say nothing to me.”
Other parents urged caution.
“The staff has been great, I’ve never had an issue, never had a complaint,” said Dr. Mark Hanna, a parent. “I’m sure there’s another side to this story that will come out and we’ll see what happens.
The state is investigating, and so far no one is facing charges.
“The Department of Early Education and Care received an allegation earlier this week that an educator at the Kinder Care program in Framingham suspended a child by the child’s clothes from a door handle outside the building, near the facility’s playground,” officials said in a statement. “EEC is working with local law enforcement and the Department of Children and Families to investigate the incident, and has learned that this educator was immediately suspended by Kinder Care.”
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