HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – A Huber Heights mother says she knew something was wrong at her foster child’s daycare.
She’s speaking out for the first time since video was released of that 5-year-old child being hit in the face with a shoe.
The mother says the child has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder after a history of abuse and neglect.
She says they’ve been working hard to get her to use her words, so when the girl told her foster mother someone hit her at day care, she couldn’t believe it.
The footage from inside Creative World of Learning in Huber Heights is all the evidence the foster mother needs.
The child throws a shoe. Seconds later, one of the staff members picks her up. If you watch closely to the upper right corner, you’ll see a second employee throw a shoe back at the child hitting her in the face.
“I was just livid. I was irate. I was mad,” said Laura Davis, child’s foster mother.
Davis heard about the incident from her foster child.
She says before seeing the video, she had a good relationship with the two employees, making it even more disappointing.
“Because they knew her situation. They knew she was abused, they knew she was neglected and they
knew I had been working with YCATS program and that the YCATS program had been out to help her there.”
Davis says the program helps her daughter work through behavioral issues.
In the past, Davis has calmed her down over the phone.
Despite the extra care and effort put into helping her, Davis had a gut feeling something was wrong.
“She was doing better and then she would do bad again. Then she would do better, then she would bad again.”
She feels the workers triggered her behavior problems.
Davis stopped sending her daughter to the day care after the May 6 incident.
The two workers were fired immediately, but she wants to make sure other parents know her story.
“Now that I’m thinking about it, there’s other children there with behavioral issues. I’m wondering if that’s not going on with them.”
Julie Kniess, 56, the woman accused of throwing the shoe at the child, is charged with a misdemeanor for child endangering.
She is expected in court June 3.