Investigation continues into Arkansas daycare abuse allegations

Investigation continues into Arkansas daycare abuse allegations
Latoya said Decorian recieved more than 30 bites and numerous scratches on his body apparently from a 2 year-old child at the center. (Fred Gamble)

NASHVILLE, AR (KSLA) - The investigation of a Southwest Arkansas daycare center continues following the injuries to a small child this past summer.

In August, Latoya Griffin’s 9-month-old Decorian was injured while being cared for at Alphabet Academy Daycare Center in Nashville, Arkansas.

LaToya said Decorian received more than 30 bites and numerous scratches on his body apparently from a 2 year-old child at the center.

“He’s not the person that he was, but he’s still a good baby,” LaToya said.

Since this incident the owner of the day care center says the facility has been closed. However, LaToya Griffin has filed a lawsuit against the owners.

“I don’t want it to happen to someone else’s child,” LaToya said. “It is not about money. It is not about anything. I just want justice for my son and anybody else’s child so they won’t have to experience what I’m experiencing now.”

The lawsuit complaint alleges Decorian will be left with permanent scars and the experience has caused physical, emotional and mental injuries to Decorian and his mother.

“The scabs they are off, but the scars are very visible,” LaToya said. “They are still there — I can cover his body up — but I can’t cover his face up."

This investigation is being conducted by the Nashville Arkansas police department and the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

The lawsuit was filed this week in a Miller County circuit court.

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