Mother claims child was sexually assaulted at Goose Creek daycare

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GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCBD) – A daycare in Goose Creek is facing its second lawsuit this month.

According to documents filed Thursday by the Cantwell Law Firm and Cobb, Sill & Hammett, a 3-year old child suffered significant injuries to her vagina while under the care of Harvest Time Academy back on November 9, 2018.

The lawsuit states the mother noticed the child was bleeding when she picked her up from the Goose Creek daycare.

It says the mother took the child to Summerville Medical Center’s Emergency Department for evaluations, and the doctors there determined the child had suffered vaginal trauma.

Through the investigation, attorneys claim the child was sexually assaulted by another schoolmate. News 2 is not naming the parents to protect the identity of that child.

This is the second lawsuit filed against Harvest Time Academy this month.

The parents of a 12-month-old boy noticed bruising on his body and took him to MUSC for medical evaluation. Doctors at MUSC diagnosed the baby with a fractured sternum.

His parents believe the child was injured while attending Harvest Time Academy Daycare.

Attorney Michael Dill, of Cobb, Dill, & Hammett, along with attorneys from Cantwell Lawfirm claim the daycare never notified the parents of any injury to the child nor reported the incident to DSS.

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 the 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.

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