Mom Says Child Repeatedly Bitten at North Texas Daycare

An Irving daycare center is the target of a Texas Child Care Licensing investigation after a mom said her 1-year-old child was bitten six times on his first day there.

Nicki Farina said she took her son Lucas to Above and Beyond Center for Children in the 500 block of East 6th Street Monday.

She said she called the day care center and spoke with the owner, Deborah Bailey, who said the boy had been bitten and sent a text photo. That night at home the mother found six bites on his back, arm and cheek.

"It doesn't make sense to me my kid could get that injured in the course of one day at a daycare," Farina said. "It's really hard as a mom to come home and see that when you left your kid in the care of someone else."

Farina said she took her child to an emergency room for treatment that night and complained to Texas Child Care Licensing.

When contacted Thursday, Bailey told NBC 5 investigators had already been to the location and results could be obtained from the state. She declined further comment. 

Marissa Gonzales with Child Care Licensing said the investigation is not finished and the agency takes the complaint seriously.

"Investigations can take up to 30 days to complete and that’s because the investigator will make sure to talk to everybody we could need to talk to, including maybe medical experts, law enforcement if necessary, and get a really good complete picture of what happened."

Gonzales said past infractions at the location were not serious and all have been corrected.

Parents picking kids up Thursday evening defended Above and Beyond Center for Children.
"Awesome, the best there is, the best customer service, I mean they respect my kid," said parent Paloma Gandera. "I think this is all unfair."

Parent Zetta Ruise said the daycare center successfully potty trained her 2-year-old child and handles another with attention deficit disorder who was turned away from other providers.

"I have three children that come here during the summer and two during the school year," she said.

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