LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Two parents are wondering what kind of liability a Louisville daycare center received after their young daughter’s hands were tied by an employee.
“She’s adorable, she’s sweet, she’s kind,” Nina Colvin said of her daughter.
“She wrapped me around her finger,” Nina’s husband Chris Colvin added.
The Colvins thought their daughter, who had just turned four at the time, would adjust and do well in daycare. They found a place, officially known as Outer Loop Child Care.
One day in April 2021, their bubbly four-year-old seemed a little off.
“She said ‘Mom, Miss Miah hit me today,'” Nina recalled. “And I was like, ‘Wait, what?’ She said, ‘No, like taping me.’ She did, like duct tape around her arms.
Surveillance video showed the caregiver of their baby girl kneeling on a table and missing a shoe.
It also showed what their daughter had described: the employee, Ramiah Douglas, binding the girl’s hands with duct tape during nap time.
Colvin’s attorneys said her hands were tied for about 40 minutes.
“She was my child and I wasn’t there to protect her,” Chris said.
“It changed his personality,” Nina described. “She’s terrified that someone will hurt her again.”
Douglas was fired immediately. But the incident was only the beginning of what the Colvins would discover about the employee.
She has previously had arrests for marijuana possession that were either amended or dismissed, four separate citations for not having a valid registration or license plate, and a prostitution charge.
That charge was also dismissed after she agreed not to post on Backpage, a classifieds site seized by the US Department of Justice in 2018 after it facilitated several counts of prostitution, according to court records.
Although Douglas’ previous citations did not cost her jail time, the Colvins are still waiting to hear what qualifications she had to work with children.
“I wouldn’t have hired that woman,” Chris said.
Douglas was arrested and convicted of tying the child’s hands after Nina called the police.
It’s unclear if Outer Loop Child Care, which has since sold out, has ever done any background research on Douglas.
What is clear is that the daycare had a history of not performing or maintaining any criminal background check records on its employees, according to the Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Family Services.
WAVE News Troubleshooters found three other times state inspectors wrote to the center for this.
In fact, the center has recorded over 50 offenses in less than 10 years.
They included poorly maintained employee records, a lack of state-required training or evaluations, and four repeated violations for lack of evidence or expired TB vaccines.
“You put them somewhere that’s a professional establishment, and they let us down,” Nina said.
Other violations were repeated such as having bleach and cleaning chemicals accessible to children, dirty toys and holes in the wall where slugs and birds had taken up residence to name a few. only a few.
For two consecutive years, they were also written for unsanitary and torn diaper changing stations.
Keeping tabs on themselves was something the Colvins couldn’t do in March 2020.
“We weren’t allowed in anymore because of COVID,” Nina said. “We had to stop at the door.”
But, despite the seemingly thorough inspections, the state continued to renew Outer Loop Child Care’s license.
On the state daycare inspection portal, there is no mention of fines, suspensions, or revocations.
This is after state records showed violations of a child’s shoulder being dislocated by an employee, another child burned from being dragged on the carpet, a child’s head smacking in a bed and another student locked in the bathroom for seven minutes as punishment, all under the same owner who fired those employees each time.
“Did anyone’s parents know about these violations, because they reported them to the parents or did they just write them down and stick them in a drawer?” Chris asked.
The violations continued until Outer Loop Child Care was sold. Despite this, his most recent condition rating still shows three out of five stars.
As for the Colvins, they’re hoping for the pandemic, and what they see as a lack of accountability doesn’t put more children at risk.
“If you don’t meet that standard, you don’t have a license,” Chris said. “It’s that simple.”
“You have our most important asset, our child,” Nina added. “You have to do better.”
Outer Loop Child Care has since been sold to a new company. The new owner said they had nothing to do with the daycare’s past and started from scratch.
Douglas’ attorney declined to comment. WAVE News is still awaiting a response from the state and Outer Loop Child Care’s attorney.
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