Exclusive: Videos show alleged abuse at Madison County daycare


MADISON COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – Two videos allegedly recorded from inside a Madison County daycare show how a teacher mistreated infants and toddlers.

The videos were sent to 12 News by a person who recorded the incidents from surveillance video in Little Footprints Learning Center in Madison. One video showed an infant being tossed in a blanket before the teacher stepped on the child, and the second video showed a teacher pulling a chair from under a toddler.

Several parents said they had no idea the alleged abuse was going on.

“It’s really disturbing actually. When you leave your kid here, you really expect them to be okay and be in the best hands,” said Ken Gilner. “Management rectified the issue fairly quickly, but kind of combing that with the things that happened in the past, just definitely have to look at what we’ll do about our child being here.”

Parents hope to see cameras accessible to them in the near future.

“We’re kind of at a road block because if we wanted to take our children out and send them to another daycare we kind of can’t right now. We don’t have an opening to send those children. So, maybe someone can help,” explained Gilner.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office said they’re investigating the videos and claims. The Mississippi State Department of Health is also investigating a violation claim at the daycare and are working with law enforcement.

According to a letter parents received from the daycare, the employee was fired. You can read it below:

The name of the caregiver, who was fired, has not been released.

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