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Mother concerned about care her daughter received at Chapel Hill facility

Posted June 18, 2015 10:31 p.m. EDT
Updated June 19, 2015 5:29 a.m. EDT

— After hearing a terrifying story Wednesday about a toddler that was left alone in a daycare van, a second mother is concerned about the care her daughter received at the Only New Life Child Development Center in Chapel Hill.

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said she brought her 2-year-old daughter to the center earlier this year. She said she noticed a problem within the first four weeks.

"The first signs were the tantrums, I can't explain the tantrums," she said. "They were very, very intense."

She said her daughter was potty trained, but started to have accidents on a daily basis. She said her 2-year-old would "tense up" around a male worker at the daycare facility.

She said once she made a connection, she had a conversation with her daughter.

"She motioned the shush with her finger on her lip and said 'it's a secret,'" she said. "She motioned her finger to her lip again and pulled down her pants and started to do a few things you would not expect a two-year-old to do."

The woman filed a report against the daycare center in April. The Department of Health and Human Services is assisting police with the investigation.

According to records obtained by WRAL News, the center had prior violations including unsafe indoor and outdoor environment, staff without first aid training and caregivers not checking in on sleeping infants.

The woman said she when confronted the daycare, she was told not to go public.

"It is my job to be a mother," she said.

She has since removed her daughter from the Only New Life Child Development Center.

Messages left at the day care center were not immediately returned.​