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Warrant: Knightdale daycare worker twisted, fractured baby's leg

Posted August 27, 2019 10:52 a.m. EDT
Updated August 27, 2019 7:01 p.m. EDT

— A woman from Nash County faces a felony charge after a baby was badly injured at a Knightdale daycare center.

Kimberly Sugg Boykin, 51, of Middlesex, was charged with felony negligent child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury in an incident that occurred in April, according to an arrest warrant filed Monday.

According to the warrant, Boykin "willfully twisted the left femur" of a 6-month-old and "neglected to report abuse after several opportunities to do so." According to the warrant, the abuse occurred on March 23.

Knightdale police arrested Boykin on Monday.

The child's leg was fractured as a result of the abuse, according to the warrant.

The daycare, identified by officials as Widewaters Learning Center, is located at 9565 Flatrock Park Drive.

According to reports, Widewaters cares for 187 kids and opened in June 2015.

Records from the state's Division of Child Development and Early Education show that the agency visited the center nine times since May 2017. They found 13 violations on six of those visits, but the issues were all addressed and corrected, according to state records.

State regulators took no action against the facility.

A spokesperson from the daycare said, "Widewaters Learning Center cares deeply about the safety of our children, and we are committed to maintaining the highest standards for our employees. We are actively investigating this situation involving a former employee, and we will continue to cooperate with the relevant authorities."

Boykin appeared in court Tuesday at 9 a.m., where she requested a court-appointed attorney. Her next court date was scheduled for Sept. 17.