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Police: Abrasions on child's face from playground slide, not daycare employee

Posted June 15, 2016 5:23 p.m. EDT
Updated June 17, 2016 10:29 a.m. EDT

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.

— Fuquay-Varina police said in a statement on Friday that the abrasions on the face of a Fuquay-Varina child were sustained on a playground slide and not from a daycare employee.

Police announced earlier in the week that no charges would be filed against the day care center after a father accused employees at the facility of abuse last month. Agustin Luna, a single father of two, filed a police report and demanded an investigation after he found his son, Agustin’s, face red, scabbed and bruised after picking him up from a Little Angels Preparatory school on May 13.

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 the day care center the next morning. Luna said he told day care employees not to worry about the markings, but claimed that a teacher scrubbed the child’s face, resulting in the injuries.

In the Friday statement, Fuquay-Varina Police Chief Laura Fahnestock said the daycare employee did use a sponge to remove the mark from the child's face and later noticed a skin-irritation from the sponge. The employee then notified Luna, and he took the child to get medical attention. Photos of the original injuries were provided to police as part of the investigation, Fahnestock said.

After the initial report, the child sustained additional injuries to his face—resulting in abrasions unrelated to the original injuires—while playing on a slide at the playground. The secondary injuries, Fahnestock said, were accidental and not related to any child abuse, which was confirmed through interviews with Luna, witnesses and photographic evidence.

Authorities said the photos of the boy’s face, which were widely distributed to the media by Luna, “may have been misleading to portray possible criminal child abuse.”

Police said that investigators determined that the boy had sustained additional facial injuries unrelated to the Little Angels Preparatory school and unrelated to any physical abuse at the school or elsewhere.