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Dad accuses Fuquay-Varina daycare of injuring son while washing his face

Posted May 18, 2016

— A Triangle area father is accusing a daycare of physically abusing his 4-year-old son after he says employees went too far when they were cleaning the boy’s face.

Agustin Luna, a single father of two, has filed a police report and is demanding an investigation after he found his son, Agustin’s, face red, scabbed and bruised after picking him up from a Fuquay-Varina daycare center on May 13.

“Seeing my son like that, that was terrible,” Luna said.

Luna said his two boys were playing with markers and had written all over each other and he couldn’t get the markings off by the time he dropped them off at Little Angles Preparatory school the next morning. Luna said he told daycare employees not to worry about the markings, because he would take care of it when the boys got home, but around mid-day, he said he got a call from the daycare center.

“She says she washed Agustin’s face. She says it’s going to be a little bit red, I put medicine on it, I put Neosporin,” Luna said of his conversation with the teacher.

Luna said he was angry when he saw what the teacher described as “a little bit red” and he asked his son what happened.

Dad accuses Fuquay-Varina daycare of injuring son while washing his face

“He was telling me the teacher scrubbed it with a brush, wiping, and then a paper towel,” Luna said.

Luna took his son to the hospital and then started documenting the worsening condition of his son’s face.

A worker at Little Angels Preparatory would only say the teacher was trying to help and that Luna was blowing the situation out of proportion.

Luna said he wants the daycare to be accountable for what happened to his son.

“No kid four-years-old deserves to be hurt like that,” he said.

Luna said Fuquay-Varina police told him a detective will be in touch with him in the next few days.

He said he found a new daycare center for his sons and plans to take Agustin back to his pediatrician Thursday for a follow-up visit.

No charges had been filed Wednesday night.


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  • K Hope Capps May 19, 2016
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    That poor kid. Kudos to his dad for looking out for him.

  • Amanda Townsend May 19, 2016
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    It actually looks like a couple of things. 1 - he may have been sensitive to the marker, 2 - she scrubbed off the top layer of the skin, 3 - he has a neosporin allergy. Any way you look at it, his face should not have been touched by the daycare worker, unless it was getting increasingly red and there was a concern he was having a reaction to the marker.

  • Amanda Townsend May 19, 2016
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    Why a civil suit? We are the most litigious country in the world.

  • Steve Faulkner May 19, 2016
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    I am surprised Fuquay PD detectives are so busy that will get back to this in "a few days"...

  • Lance Boyle May 19, 2016
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    Looks like an accidental overzealous scrubbing. It is of concern, but should it have made it into the news?

  • Rebecca Caldwell May 19, 2016
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    Can you imagine standing still while someone does that to your face? Poor boy - he trusted and obeyed an adult who was supposed to care for him, and look where it got him. I'm generally understanding of honest mistakes, but this is not one. Having your skin scraped off with a brush is torture. There needs to be criminal charges, a firing, a civil suit, and a long, hard look at that daycare's license.

  • Raleigh Rose May 19, 2016
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    She scrubbed his skin off! That is not blowing it out of proportion. I would be upset if I were this child's parent too. No excuse for this.

  • Tee Kdawg May 19, 2016
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    A daycare employee said that he was "blowing it out of proportion"? Wow. Just, wow.

  • Erica Konopka May 19, 2016
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    Why was she 'just trying to help' when the father clearly said to leave it be, that he'd take care of it when he brought them home? I'd be taking some 40 grit sand paper to this woman's face.

  • Erika Phipps May 19, 2016
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    Looks like isopropyl alcohol was scrubbed into his skin - as if she thought what removes markers from plastic is perfect for cleaning a child's delicate skin. Or, heck, she was just winging it and afraid to admit she didn't know the proper protocol. The staff must have access to a first aid kit and medical professional. They dang sure better have access to a lawyer, now.