An Arizona mother says her 15-month-old daughter sustained more than 25 bites at a daycare facility, and she shared the shocking photographs on Facebook.
Alice Martin noticed that her daughter was a bit fussier than usual after spending a day at Tucson's Creative Beginnings preschool two months ago, but it wasn't until Martin went to give her a bath that she noticed her body was covered with bite marks.
She wrote: “They did not even call when it occurred, or notify me when I picked her up after work.”
“At first, I was like, ‘Are those really bite marks?’” Martin told KOLD News 13. “And then, my brain kinda stopped thinking and I started crying. There’s over 25-plus; it’s hard to tell — 25 would be the minimum that the police officer and I discussed."
Martin filed a police report with the Tucson Police Department, and the Crime Scene Unit took photos of the young girl on the day the incident occurred, Feb. 26, 2019. According to officer Raymond Smith, the bites appear to be from another child. Two months later, no charges have been made.
Martin and her husband, both former Marines, said they chose Creative Beginnings preschool because it was accredited, and close to both work and the University of Arizona, where Martin is enrolled.
“You always want to protect your children and I feel like that didn’t happen," Martin told the outlet. "I feel like I left her with someone that didn’t look out for her at all.”
Martin added: “Do I know what happened? No, but I know that a child getting bitten that many times would be crying and very upset. The fact that nobody intervened in how many minutes, maybe they were left alone, maybe they just disregarded the cries — I don’t know. But it takes some time to do that kind of biting and my daughter would have been very upset."
The Arizona Department of Health Services released the following statement: "The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is investigating the incident at Creative Beginnings Daycare and working with law enforcement. The investigation is not completed and ADHS cannot comment on pending investigations."
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