Dropping your L.O. off at daycare can be tough for any parent. Of course you want to make sure they're in good hands. But a horrifying incident at an Indiana daycare has left one mom—and of course, any parent who reads this heartwrenching story—completely devastated. A 1-year-old boy named Jesse Harris IV was beaten up at his daycare on April 30, and now, prosecutors announced that they will not be filing criminal charges. Jesse had to spend two days in the hospital after he was beaten up at Kiddiegarden daycare, where the employees claim a 2-year-old inflicted these injuries, which include scratches and a swollen face.
The prosecutor, Terry Curry, issued a statement explaining: "Based on the investigation including medical review, statements from all parties, and cell phone records, the evidence does not support a criminal charge based on Indiana code. A medical expert confirmed that the child's injuries were consistent with having been inflicted by another young child. The child was reportedly placed in a safe sleeping environment in the same room as an age appropriate child and checked on by the employee periodically. The daycare employee who was responsible for the child's care has cooperated in the investigation."
According to a report by the Associated Press, the day care's owner, Haben Ghebremichael, said that a 2-year-old girl attacked Jesse and that she had blood on her hands afterward. Ghebremichael said a day care worker separated the two children after the boy was injured.
It's no surprise that Jesse's mother and father, Tiffany and Jesse Griffin, are skeptical about how these events actually transpired. And the little boy's dad issued a statement in which he noted, "Welcome to America, where a 1-year-old baby can be beat, and no one is held accountable. Where veterans can serve justice in other countries but can’t receive justice in their own. Where African Americans scream for justice and the government pays them to shut up. America, you have no soul; our children are doomed. You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it. Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. But I won’t rest till I get justice for my son. By any means necessary."
Tiffany also took to Facebook to share her thoughts, asking why more tests, including DNA and drug screenings, weren't done to confirm whether or not an adult was involved.
Thankfully, the Indiana Department of Child Services is continuing to investigate the attack. With hope, the Griffin family gets the answers they deserve, and ultimately, justice will be served.