Mom blames Round Rock day care for child’s burns

A Round Rock mother says her 13-month-old's hands were burned at Twinkle Montessori Center (Clerysse Johnson Photo)
A Round Rock mother says her 13-month-old's hands were burned at Twinkle Montessori Center (Clerysse Johnson Photo)

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — A Round Rock mother is wondering what happened to her 13-month-old son when he came home from day care with blisters all over his hands last week.

Clerysse Johnson’s son Caleb attends Twinkle Montessori Center. Johnson says when she picked up Caleb from the day care last Wednesday he was crying uncontrollably.

“I could just tell automatically from the scream that he was in excruciating pain,” says Johnson.

Johnson says Caleb had large, red blisters on his palms and finger tips. When she took him to the emergency room, she says doctors said Caleb had second-degree burns.

“I was scared because I was like, how long has he been… in burning pain.”

Johnson says her child was fine when she dropped him off at the center that afternoon. However, the director of the day care tells KXAN the incident couldn’t have happened at her center. She says there is nothing in the children’s rooms that can burn children. While the day care does a stove in the kitchen, the children are not allowed in that room.

A spokesperson for the Department of Family and Protective Services says Child Care Licensing is investigating the complaint along with a number of minimum standards violations. Those violations include child injury, abuse and neglect, first aid and CPR, supervision and competency. Child Care Licensing says they made an unannounced visit to Twinkle Montessori on Monday. Their investigation could take up to 30 days.

Round Rock police say they also received a report from Johnson on Wednesday, April 6, and are looking into this case.

According to DFPS records, over the past two years Twinkle Montessori Center has been cited for 46 deficiencies. Some were found during inspections and others were reported to the department.

In the last month, two high-risk cases were investigated. One case identified a caregiver who didn’t know the correct number of children she was looking after. The other case found emergency medical information missing from a child’s files.

Last April, the center was cited when a caregiver left a child in the bathroom alone, for more than two hours. The director of the day care says that teacher was fired.

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