Tyler mother claims sexual abuse at daycare center
POSTED: Monday, July 30, 2012 - 11:33pm
UPDATED: Monday, August 6, 2012 - 6:21pm
CPS investigating the situation
TYLER — Jessica Brown has a 4-year-old daughter who we'll refrain from identifying.
Recently, her daughter, who goes to Tyler Metro Children's Center, told her about something that happened with 2 boys while playing in a tunnel on the playground.
"Her words are that he pulled her panties down for her and kissed her on her bottom and she said after he did it, the second boy did the same thing," Brown said.
Brown says when her daughter refers to her 'bottom,' she's really meaning her private parts.
She brought the issue up with daycare management whom she says told her the 2 boys responsible were no longer there. One might try to come back in the fall but they wouldn't let him.
When Brown decided to call Child Protective Services... she says word got back to Tyler Metro...
"In this conversation, I learned that the school knew about the incident from the point it happened. The other parents of the children involved were notified...but I was not," Brown said.
Brown says she's had problems with the daycare before...issues she claims that were documented...but since the daycare always fixed them...that's why she never took her daughter out of their care.
But this time, she decided she would take her out...this week...until she says she got a call from the pastor of Tyler Metro Church on Friday.
"Due to the recent incidents, they felt like I was unhappy with my child being at that school, and that they had made the decision to terminate our relationship," Brown said.
KETK spoke with with CPS...who tell us it is an active investigation...and the daycare followed protocol in reporting the incident.
Tyler Metro Children's Center told us this: "We reported the incident. It is being investigated. And we are standing behind the authorities and their investigation and we are cooperating with our state licensing."
And the pastor of Tyler Metro Church told KETK by phone he stands behind the daycare director...
"Our position and letting the child and the mother go from the school was...we felt it was the best for the mother and the best for the child," said pastor Jerry Phelps.
But Brown is still fighting.
"If it helps one child not go through what we have been through...then my job is done," she said.
Click here to link to the Texas Child Protective Services website where the public can see any violations Tyler Metro has had over the years.
It should also be noted that we have received several e-mails this evening about this story.
One saying that several parents have complained that Brown's daughter was trying to kiss their sons before this happened...