LORTON, Va.(WUSA9)-- WUSA9 first reported last week that Virginia's Department of Social Services was launching an investigation into the Minnieland daycare center in Woodbridge.
Now, a concerned mother is leveling similar allegations at the staff from the Lorton Minnieland daycare center located at 9467 Lorton Market St. in Lorton.
"I was horrified. I cried all day at work,"Stella Staine saidafter she found out her 2-year old son was alleged mistreated at the Lorton Minnieland.
Staine says she was only made aware of the accusation after she witnessed a different child being thrown by a staff member while she was at the daycare. She tells us when she reported that to the Virginia Department of Social Services she found out there had been reports describing her son was also abused and hit.
Staine added had she not looked on the state website for complaints she "would have never known that my child was the kid that was mentioned in the Va department of social services website."
She says Minnieland never informed her of the accusations, and now she is trying to speak up in hopes that other parents with concerns will look closer at Minnielands records.
Tuesday, some parents had nothing to say whileothers were completely blind sided by the news that not only one but two Minnielandworkers are involved in child abuse investigations.
Onewoman told us,"I have no reason to worry about the care of my child."
When asked that the director shared with her, she said "that there was an investigation but the staff in question is no longer working."
Another parent stated, "We've always been happy, always been a trusted source. Prayerfully things will work out. Allegations true or not true that things would definitely come forward and that they would handle it right away. If not, you know, my kids are out."
On the company's Twitter account, managers at Minnieland say "providing a safe and loving environment in which children can learn and grow has been our mission for more than four decades and we are committed to taking all actions necessary to ensure we meet this objective."
The law firm representing a group of parents of children that attend the Minnieland in Woodbridge. In a press release it says that
"The Prince William County Department of Social Services and their Child Protective Services division conducted inspections of the Minnieland Academy at The Glen in Woodbridge, VA on March 11, 2013, March 21, 2013, June 24, 2013, August 23, 2013 and September 4, 2013. The report reflecting the findings of abuse and neglect at the Academy was released last week.
The findings of abuse and neglect on toddlers who were in the care of the Minnieland Academy at The Glen are beyond reprehension.
The report released is not possibly a complete accounting of all abuse and neglect that took place from at least February 2013 through August 2013. In fact, the report states the abuse and neglect was for "at least 6 months." The staff witnesses could not have possibly watched the alleged abusers interaction with the toddlers every moment of every day that a toddler was in the care of Staff letter A and Staff letter B.
Some of the parents, whose toddlers were in the care of Staff letter A and Staff letter B during the period of February 2013 through August 2013 have not been contacted by investigative authorities. Further, every parent who has a toddler who was ever in contact with Staff letter A and Staff letter B should be contacted and interviewed about possible abuse and neglect of their child.
The report released to the public, which states specific acts of abuse and neglect, is based largely on the cooperation of other staff members. All staff members are mandated by Virginia law, specifically Virginia Code Title §63.2, to report even "suspected" abuse and neglect of a child. The law requires that any person employed in a public or private school, kindergarten or nursery report such acts of abuse and/or neglect to the localdepartment of the county or city wherein the child resides or wherein the abuse or neglect is believed to have occurred or the Department's toll-free child abuse and neglect hotline. Such hot-line is open for complaint 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
The report released states 'several' staff members took no action until August 2013. Another words, there was 'at least' 6 months of incomprehensible abuse and neglect on certain toddlers at the Minnieland Academy at The Glen until someone made a complaint to the Department of Social Services.
Further, it is now being reported by media sources that allegations of child abuse and neglect occurred at a Minnieland Academy in Lorton, VA.
Having considered the report and the totality and duration of abuse and neglect of toddlers at the Minnieland Academy at The Glen, we are formally contacting the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Social Services, Margaret Schultze, to request that for the sake of the toddlers and their families that the Virginia Division of Social Services provide additional resources and means for a completely thorough and accurate accounting of ALL abuse and neglect that occurred at the Minnieland Academy at The Glen."