LA VEGAS – A Las Vegas daycare center is being sued after a family claims a former staff member dumped their 2-year-old child, breaking his femur.
According to court documents, the alleged incident took place last May at the Crème de la Crème daycare and preschool.
The lawsuit was filed last August in Clark County District Court, Nevada. Court documents list the victim as “BR” and his parents were listed as “CR” and “RR”
According to the lawsuit, CR received a phone call from daycare asking to pick up their son because he kept crying. When CR arrived, the parent noticed an ice pack on BR’s leg.
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The lawsuit said a daycare worker told the parent that BR had been pushed and injured by another child and gave the parents an incident report.
However, when CR later took their child to Quick Care University Medical Center, an x-ray revealed that BR’s femur “had been badly fractured,” according to court documents.
The family’s attorney said the parents were initially suspected of abusing their son, but after requesting surveillance video from the daycare, they said the daycare misrepresented how BR’s injuries were produced.
Attorney Janice Parker of Panish, Shea, Boyle, Ravipudi LLP said the video showed employee Elicia Miller “grabbing BR in the armpits and throwing BR across her body, right to left.”
BR’s family is suing the daycare and Miller on multiple counts, including neglect and abuse.
The family is also seeking punitive damages of $50,000.
According to local reports, Miller was charged with child abuse, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of attempted child abuse. She is expected to be sentenced on March 14.
FOX television stations have reached out to Crème de la Crème daycare center for comment.
“For 40 years, our number one priority has been the safety and security of the children in our care. Immediately following this incident, we terminated the employment of the teacher involved,” COO Tony Riccardi said in a statement to KVVU.
This story was reported from Los Angeles.