GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCBD) – Parents of a Lowcountry baby filed suit against Goose Creek daycare after the child’s sternum was broken.
According to the complaint filed Tuesday, in September 2018, the parents of the 12-month-old baby noticed bruising on his body and took him to MUSC for medical evaluation. The doctors at MUSC diagnosed the baby with a fractured sternum. The parents believe the child was injured at the Harvest Time Academy daycare in Goose Creek.
The suit claims the owner of the daycare failed to take the proper measures to minimize the risk of injuries; failed to prevent the injuries; failed to adequately supervise, assess, and monitor the baby; and failed to properly suspect, recognize, and treat the signs and symptoms of a serious injury.
According to the suit, DSS has issued citations to defendant on several occasions since 2017 in regards to improper staffing. Specifically, with respect to this incident, on September 24, 2018, during an investigation by DSS, it was noted that the staffing ratios in the one-year-old rooms were below standard, according to the suit.
News 2 reached out to the daycare for comment. Attorneys issued this statement on April 12:
After learning from the news media of a lawsuit filed on behalf of a child who was formerly enrolled at its daycare center, Harvest Time Academy, LLC, has retained Attorneys Myesha L. Brown and Margie A. Pizarro to represent its interests. While Harvest Time has not been formerly served with the lawsuit, it looks forward to responding to any allegations involving this incident, all of which have previously been investigated by the Goose Creek Police Department and the South Carolina Department of Social Services. Harvest Time has provided child care to members of this community for the past 10 years, gaining the trust and confidence of generations of families. The center looks forward to continuing to provide quality child care for many years to come.