No charges in case involving daycare

Staff Report

Charges will not be filed in an alleged abuse case involving childcare workers at Pleasant Hill Daycare Center that sparked attention following a social media post in May, according to law enforcement officials.

Capt. Kim Robison of the Elkin Police Department reported Tuesday morning, after presenting the evidence on the case to the Surry County District Attorney’s Office, the prosecutor’s office “has declined to prosecute.”

The two childcare workers who allegedly tape a 17-month-old’s shoes on her feet causing injury were terminated from their positions with Pleasant Hill immediately after the incident occurred on May 16, according to daycare officials.

Jessica Hayes, the mother of the girl in question, posted photos on her Facebook account of the shoes taped on and the injuries caused.

Following the post, Hayes said she was distressed by the incident, but her post was simply to bring awareness for other parents to know that even the best childcare facilities can have issues. She also said she felt the Pleasant Hill staff handled the situation appropriately.

“I have personally spoken with the director and viewed the footage together. [We] both feel the appropriate action was taken. This is all that matters as the parent and director feel appropriate action was taken,” Hayes wrote in a statement in May about the incident.

“They were actually wonderful caregivers. I mean that with all my heart. I just think it was a poor decision at the time. There was no malicious intent at all that I can see,” said Maeshell Marley, director of Pleasant Hill in May.

Hayes’ daughter continued to attend the daycare facility following the incident.

Staff Report