By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
In Washington and other States, parents rely on day care centers to watch their children due to work and other obligations. Most day care centers perform background check on their employees and do not allow people who have not been subject to a background check to supervise the children or otherwise be around the children withou proper adult / employee supervision. Many smaller day care centers and home day care centers allow family members to be around the children even if the family member may pose a risk to the children. These family members who are not technically employees of the day care center often “fly under the radar” of background checks and other regulations put in place by the State.
In Everett, Washington, a teenager (Dakota Wilson) is facing criminal charges stemming from allegations that he molested two girls enrolled in a Washington day care center operated by his mother. It was reported that there were issues with this teen in Idaho before the mother even opened or applied for her day care licenser in the State of Washington. Unfortunately, it appears that the State of Washington was not provided with or aware of the issues with this teen in Idaho when the mother applied for her day care license. See Teenager Accused of Sexually Assaulting Children Who Were Enrolled in Washington State Day Care Center.
Children should be provided with a safe haven when enrolled in a day care center. The children should be supervised in a caring and safe environment rather than one in which there are potential sexual offenders or predators lurking in and around the day care facility. When a child suffers personal injuries in a day care center, there are often times many questions or issues that a parent must face and deal with. The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has Chapters on Day Care Injuries, Playground Injuries, Medical Bills / Medical Treatment, and other topics. This book is a helpful resource to parents looking for information and guidance when there is a child injury incident.