In the past 10 years, almost 90 children have been killed in Texas daycares and 450 children have been sexually assaulted, according to an Austin investigation. As our Dallas daycare abuse attorney mentions, we see it far too often: children hurt because negligent daycares didn’t do enough to check the caregivers they hired, as the story of one Dallas, Texas daycare proves.
Who Hired This Dallas Daycare Caregiver?
Jessica Joyous Weise was hired as a caregiver by Joyous Montessori McKinney after she passed the state-required background checks. After being hired, Weise, a former nurse, was caught on a daycare surveillance video intentionally shaking one child, slapping an infant in the back of the head multiple times, and slamming an infant’s body into a changing table. As a result of Weise's abuse, the two-month-old baby suffered multiple broken bones, including rib and femur fractures. Weise was booked in Collin County Jail in 2018 and awaited trial on 8 counts of causing injury to children. On January 24, 2020, Weise was sentenced to 20 years behind bars for 8 cases of inflicting an injury to a child.
Dallas Daycare Doesn’t Keep Kids Safe
After investigation, it was discovered that there were other reported daycare injuries that Weise had repeatedly explained away. Despite the suspicious pattern and history, Joyous Montessori McKinney allowed Weise to continue to care for children at the daycare. One family reported the suspicious behavior to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, but the department was unable to find evidence of abuse.
Dallas Daycare’s Mistake Leads to Abuse
Weise is to blame for the physical injuries the children suffered, but the daycare is responsible for not thoroughly checking who they hired and for retaining her as a caregiver despite obviously suspicious incidents. Had the daycare thoroughly searched Wiese’s background, they would have discovered that her nursing license had been revoked by the state in 2015. Reportedly, Weise's license was revoked after it was discovered that she was using prescription painkillers.
What Do I Do if My Child is Hurt at Daycare?
If your child is injured at daycare, report the incident to the daycare and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Abuse and Neglect Hotline by calling 1-800-252-5400 or reporting the incident through their online portal. Even if you feel the incident was not a result of intentional abuse or neglect, DFPS will take care of handling the investigation into any licensing violations or shortcomings through the Texas Health and Human Services Department for Child Care and Licensing.
As Daycare Abuse Attorneys, we have dedicated a huge part of our practice to handling Daycare Negligence and Abuse cases. It’s paramount to us that daycares are held liable for abuse and neglect.
We help families as soon as they find out their child was hurt while at daycare. If your child has been the victim of daycare negligence or abuse, please give us a call at 214-699-4409 or reach out to our Dallas Daycare Abuse Attorneys online. Let's see to it that negligent daycares don't get away with injuring children and families in our community.
Our Daycare Abuse Attorneys Fight Unsafe Daycares
Negligent and abusive daycares hurt the children in their care and their entire families. Parents of children who were at Joyous Montessori McKinney under Weise’s care expressed feeling "hopeless" and having recurring nightmares about what their child suffered. Unfortunately, this nightmare is a reality for too many parents. The simple truth is, Texas Minimum Standards are just that - the minimum.
Having heard firsthand the heartbreaking stories of parents whose children have been injured while at daycare, our Texas daycare law firm has made combatting daycare negligence and abuse a focus of our practice. Helping you research your options when choosing a daycare and giving you information so you can make an informed decision on what daycare to send your child to is of the utmost importance to us.
We created a guide with 11 Tips for Parents Searching For A Safe Daycare to help you with this process.
We suggest reading over our 11 Tips for Parents Searching for A Safe Daycare before choosing a daycare to ensure you aren’t getting a sales pitch, but rather a great facility that puts children over profit. You can also use this guide to help find and deal with red flags at your child’s current daycare facility.
This guide is completely FREE, and we will even send a paper copy to your home at no cost! If you’d prefer a paper copy, we are happy to send one to you.
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You can also check out some of our other informative articles on daycare safety:
If you feel you are not ready to speak to a lawyer, please check out some of our other informative articles on daycare safety:
- What to Do if Your Child is Injured at a Daycare Center
- Everything You Need to Know About Reporting Daycare Injuries
- What Daycare Parents Should Know About Medical Treatment
- Why is DFPS at my House?