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Couple says daughter was injured by Raleigh day care worker

Posted January 12, 2016

— Just days after a Raleigh day care worker was arrested for child abuse, a second family claims their toddler was injured by the same worker last fall.

Dashuna Mecole Wiggins, 25, of 6701 Six Forks Road in Raleigh, was arrested Friday. She is charged with intentional child abuse inflicting serious physical injury.

Wiggins is accused of breaking a 1-year-old child's arm on Nov. 4 at the KinderCare facility at 2300 Bridgeport Drive.

On Tuesday, Lynne and Jason Barbour said they quickly pulled their child out of the facility when they heard about the arrest.

"At first, I was very shocked," said Lynne Barbour. "My husband was very angry."

According to Barbour, their daughter Georgia was injured by Wiggins in September.

An incident report on Georgia’s injury said that another child got "too excited" and scratched her on the back. But the Barbours say they don't believe a toddler is capable of causing the type of scratches their daughter suffered.

"Dashuna was the one who wrote the incident report, and she was the only witness," Lynne Barbour said. "A little kid's fingers are not that long, nor can they apply the type of pressure in a consistent manner the way the scratches were.”

The couple said they made the KinderCare facility aware of their suspicions, but a spokesperson for KinderCare disputed that claim.

"They said they would further investigate and follow up ... they never followed up and (Wiggins) continued to work there," Barbour said.

The Barbours kept their daughter enrolled at the day care until they received the news about Wiggins' arrest. The couple is now looking for a new day care.

According to a KinderCare spokesperson, Georgia was playing with another toddler while wearing a sleeveless sundress that exposed her shoulders when she was injured.

"Soon thereafter, when visiting the classroom, the Center Director noticed that she had obvious scratches on her back. It was mentioned to the Center Director that the other child, had been seen hugging the Barbours’ daughter. The Center Director examined the other child’s nails and noticed that they were ragged and sharp," a spokesperson said in a statement to WRAL News. "Prior to learning of (the) arrest this weekend, the Barbour family did not raise any allegation about Ms. Wiggins."

Wiggins is suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.


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  • Fred Blassy Jan 13, 2016
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    Dashuna (lol) needs to prosecuted for HATE CRIMES! Notice how only white children were abused.

  • Justin Case Jan 13, 2016
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    "Dashuna Mecole" Gotta love the names !

  • Skye Thompson Jan 13, 2016
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    Correcting an editing error:

    Just because a family needs two incomes doesn't mean they are living above their means - two incomes IS their means. If it takes two incomes to afford their lifestyle, it's their business and their choice. There's nothing wrong with that choice.

  • Skye Thompson Jan 13, 2016
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    Just because a family needs two incomes doesn't mean they are living above their means - two incomes IS their means. If it takes two incomes to afford their lifestyle, it's their business and their choice. There's nothing wrong with

    People like you that try to shame working parents are part of the reason we even have the so-called "mommy wars". Just because a couple has a child doesn't mean that they have to give up a career or bring something other than "mom" or "dad". It's so very short-sighted and judgmental of you to think that good parents can't also do something besides change diapers. Most children benefit from being in good childcare centers as they are usually more ready for kindergarten.

    The only thing we agree on is that the parents shouldn't be wagging their tongues to the media. They kept their child at the same center even after allegedly accusing a worker of harming their child, which makes their claim seem false.

  • Katie Falls Jan 13, 2016
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    REal Libertine, seriously? How do you know what is going on in someone's family? So according to you, if my spouse died and I had children, I should just stay home, go on welfare and then I would be good parent??? Where is the logic in that?

  • Jj Parker Jan 13, 2016
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    Real Libertine.
    What gives you the right to judge others? Do you know the parents situation? Doubtful....Here's a thought. Stop judging others...

  • Erika Phipps Jan 12, 2016
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    I can't understand keeping the child there. They were convinced Wiggins hurt their child. When the center disputed that, they still believed Wiggins hurt their child. So they inexplicably kept their child in a harmful environment because WHY? There is no conceivable good reason for keeping their child there, and yet they did - proving either they didn't really think Wiggins dangerous, or they put convenience over their child's safety. Which is it?

  • Dena Penna Jan 12, 2016
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    Real Libertine, your comments are incredibly judgemental and offensive. Regardless of the family's financial situation or lifestyle, the situation is terrible and the family should not be re-victimized by insensitive comments such as yours. This daycare is licensed and the company should be responsible for the actions of their employee. Most daycares have very responsible and caring workers and this type of incident is thankfully not very common.

  • Real Libertine Jan 12, 2016
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    Here's a thought....why isn't a parent staying home to take care of this young child instead of putting her into the care of strangers? And if two incomes are required to maintain their lifestyle then they're living above their means and couldn't afford a kid anyway.

    Instead of speaking to the media about this incident, they should be ashamed they put their little girl in this situation in the first place.

  • Michelle Bella Jan 12, 2016
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    This isn't the first time this has happened at this facility , the old director was fired because she allowed one of the teachers to lock a child in the bathroom who then went back and told her parents. I removed my son after that incident years ago. If your looking for an awesome childcare center that has cameras and video feed you can view without the teacher knowing you are watching, I suggest The Growing Child on Spring Forest Dr....my son attended for over 5 years after I removed him from Kindercare....I never had one problem.