A 60-year-old home daycare owner in Texas has been arrested for, among other things, drugging and tying infants by their necks to their car seats for up to seven hours a day.
Honestly, just typing that sentence made my blood pressure rise about twenty points.
ABC News reports that an investigation into daycare provider Rebecca Anderson’s actions began when a suspicious father outfitted his child’s car seat with a camera, “which recorded Anderson yanking his 6-month-old son out of the car seat by his ankle, pulling the child up from the ground by a bib he wore around his neck, and feeding him something with a syringe, according to the police report.”
When detectives showed up at the Mesquite, Texas home, licensed as “Becky’s Home Daycare,” they found children who who not only drugged and bound to their car seats, but also shut away in dark closets and bathrooms.
The police report also states that Anderson apparently told police that she drugged the children “to stop them from crying and tied them to car seats to ensure they wouldn’t move during the day.” Umm…WHAT? If this is what the woman was willing to admit to, I can only imagine what other horrors she put these poor children through.
Jail records show that she has been charged with nine counts of “abandon endanger child criminal negligence,” as well as an additional charge of “or injury to a child with intent to inflict bodily injury.”
Anderson is SO very lucky that no children died in her care; as I’ve previously written, leaving a child to sleep in a car seat (much less be tied to one all day) can easily result in a suffocation death..
As a working parent, I one hundred percent feel that finding reliable, safe, affordable child care has been my number one challenge, and I know I am not alone. It breaks my heart that the parents of these precious kids now have to deal with helping their children heal from trauma and also the guilt they must feel over what happened at the hands of this monster. I can only pray for healing, and that our country would pass better parental leave laws that allow parents to take more time at home with newborn and newly adopted children before they have to seek child care and return to work. Although I think many feel that a home daycare provides a safer, less expensive alternative to a traditional one, cases like this one make it clear that it’s still a gamble.
I can only hope that Anderson’s crimes and her punishment (which I pray is severe and fitting of the crimes) get plenty of press so that other home daycare providers will think twice before even thinking about treating children in this manner, and so that parents who prospective home daycare customers will be especially wary.
I hope you will join me in praying for these little ones and their parents. I am quite sure they all have a long road ahead as they recover from the trauma Anderson has inflicted on their families.