The Short of It
Michigan parents Jason and Rebecca Vannest removed their 2-year-old son from daycare after they discovered he was being physically bound against his will for naps.
The Vannests spent a lot of time researching the right daycare for their son William.
"Even before I was pregnant, I actually put together an Excel list," Rebecca told WNEM TV 5. "I was going through different daycares, and calling, and visiting, just trying to find somewhere where we felt comfortable."
The couple eventually selected Rainbow Child Care Center in Davison, Mich., and they were happy with the decision for more than a year. But then they were suddenly contacted by a Rainbow employee, "who had a great concern about the care that was being provided," Jason Vannest said. "She explained to us [William] was being physically bound for nap."
The worker provided the couple with photographic proof that the Vannests say shows a clear case of abuse: a picture of William swaddled and bound against his will.
The Vannests—who say the binding occurred in the hands of a veteran child care worker who reportedly still has her job—immediately pulled William out of daycare and got both the police and the state involved.
"It's our worst nightmare that something is happening to them when they're in the care of someone else," Jason said.
"It's just scary as a parent, because I don't know how another parent would find this out," Rebecca added.
The news of another disturbing incident at daycare is unsettling. While WNEM reported that The Department of Health and Human Services cited the daycare center for wrongdoing for "restricting William's movement during nap time" and confirmed that Davison Township Police Department conducted its own investigation, the county prosecutor did not move forward with a case.
"What I would tell you is we would have to take a look at the entire thing in context, and we would have to evaluate completely what happened, and we would have to make a decision as to whether an action put a child at risk of harm," Colin Parks of Child Protective Services told WNEM.
The Vennests, meanwhile, believe the action taken is insufficient.
"What you assume is that justice will be served, action will be taken, and there will be consequences for someone who has abused or done harm to your child," Jason told WNEM. "And in this case, it just hasn't happened so far."