Mother questions day care treatment


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A local woman is asking questions about the way her infant was treated at a Raeford day care facility.

Amy Sauls says her child came home from the Children's Developmental Center in the 300 block of Wooley Street with marks on his body that he didn't have before.

Sauls said her 5 month old came home Friday with five deep red marks on his left leg that look like pressure marks in the shape of fingerprints.

A doctor's report obtained by ABC11 has a similar description. Sauls showed pictures of the marks to ABC11 that she says she took when she got to a relative's home after picking up her son. Sauls said she immediately noticed the marks when she changed her son's diaper.

Sauls took the child to the emergency room then Urgent Care. She also said she notified the center's director the same evening.

"They knew on Friday night that something had taken place and Monday morning, they still had no explanation. Nobody can still tell me what happened," said Sauls.

Sauls said she asked to see surveillance video from the facility.

"When I asked to see the tape, you say that it records on an as-needed basis. So when's that? When is an as-needed basis?" asked Sauls.

The center ultimately referred Sauls and ABC11 to its lawyer.

"We take all complaints seriously and are conducting an internal review and cooperating completely with all child care regulatory agencies," the center said in a statement through the attorney.

Sauls is employed as a social worker. She told ABC11 she did her research on daycares as soon as she learned she was pregnant. Her son's spot at the center was saved before he was born.

Until Friday, she said she was sure it was the best place for him to be while she and her husband were at work.

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