UPDATE: Childcare Network says state officials forced it to close its Sneads Ferry daycare facility indefinitely, effective July 1, after a worker there “intentionally dropped” an 11-month-old child on June 10.
In a statement released Monday, Childcare Network said, in part,
“We understand the state of North Carolina’s decision and have closed our Snead’s Ferry location effective today, July 1. The safety and well-being of the children we serve is, and always will be, Childcare Network’s foremost priority. We continue to cooperate fully with the ongoing state and local investigations into an injury to a child in an infant care room on June 10.”
Childcare Network also said it has fired both teachers who were responsible for the infant care room where the incident happened, and, on June 21, it closed the infant care rooms and stopped accepting infants at its Sneads Ferry location.
The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office says daycare staff contacted them on June 10 to report an 11-month-old child in their care had been hospitalized after being injured earlier that day by a daycare worker.
Investigators say 23-year-old Bethan Pringle “intentionally dropped” the child.
The child is currently being treated for head trauma injuries at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where doctors say the child is expected to recover physically.
Pringle was arrested and charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.
She is being held in the Onslow County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.
A woman has been charged after deputies said she ‘intentionally dropped’ an 11-month-old child at a daycare in Sneads Ferry on June 10.
The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Childcare Network Daycare in Sneads Ferry regarding an 11-month-old child that was in their care on June 10.
According to deputies, the company reported the child was transported to the hospital earlier in the day regarding a medical emergency but learned later on the child was in fact injured purposefully by a daycare worker there.
Deputies conducted an investigation which determined that the daycare worker, identified as Bethan Pringle, was the worker who was responsible for the child’s injuries.
The child’s injuries were from head trauma which resulted when the child was intentionally dropped by the suspect, deputies said.
On Wednesday, 23-year-old Pringle was arrested and charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.
She was given a $100,000 bond and placed in the custody of the Onslow County Detention Center.
At the moment, medical professionals advised the child will physically recover.
Authorities are investigating after a report of an infant injured at Childcare Network in Sneads Ferry.
Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Chris Thomas said that a representative from the daycare notified law enforcement over the suspicion of an infant being injured.
The call came on Monday at 11:30 p.m.
The infant, under 1-year-old, was taken to Onslow Memorial then transported to Vidant Medical Center for treatment.
The infant was released Thursday.
Investigators said they can’t determine what the infant’s injuries were.
The case is still under investigation.