Parents of 15-month-old Mila are demanding answers after they went to pick up their daughter from daycare and discovered she had been bitten eight times.
“You cannot justify eight bites – maybe one but eight?” Rocio Enriquez, Mila’s mother, said.
“I don’t know what to do because you can’t just — it’s another kid that bit ’em. They don’t know what they’re doing, but the staff member should’ve been on it,” said Mila’s father, Rylee Umsted. “Why are you there? Why are there so many bites, instead of you know, just one?”
The bite marks go all the way down Mila’s back. Some are so deep that impressions of teeth were left on her skin.
Enriquez requested the surveillance video from Sunrise Preschools, but was told that due to privacy issues, it could not be given.
“My child was in the library laying down. One child was getting the diaper changed by the teacher, and the other child attacked my child and was on top of her and bit her in the back. How much agony was my child in?” Enriquez said.
“… but apparently the whole thing took 30 seconds,” Umsted added.
To the parents, 30 seconds was too long, since they believe after the first bite, Mila would have been crying.
“She had to have screamed multiple times,” Umsted said.
School officials told the parents that the child who bit Mila would be expelled, but the parents say that won’t alleviate the problem.
“Why is the child paying the consequences when it should reverse out, and the teacher should get the consequences because a child doesn’t know better — that’s why they pay trained individuals to watch these children,” Enriquez said.
The preschool released a statement saying, “The safety of our children is our number one priority. We are cooperating with the proper authorities.”