A crèche teacher has been accused of assault by a mother who laid charges against the teacher, saying she hit her 18-months-old child with a stick.
Elsies River, 27, said her son seemed fine when she fetched him at the daycare in 24th Avenue, Elsies River, around 5pm on Monday.
The crèche teacher, 49, admitted she did hit the child on his hand “with a slipper” but said she knows nothing about the bruises neither is she is responsible for them.
The mom said:
“It could have been about 45 minutes after I fetched him when I was getting him ready for a bath and as I pulled down his pants, I saw the cuts on his legs. Half of the nappy covered the marks.
“I immediately went back to the crèche to speak to the principal.
“It was 6.30pm, the principal told us the teacher had already left and said we should come back the next morning.
“The next morning I asked the teacher about it. She told me she only hit my son with a slipper on his hand because he spilled his milk.
“But she said she never hit him with a stick and doesn’t know how the marks got there,” the mother said.
The mother who didn’t believe the teacher’s excuses went ahead to lay charges of assault.
The mom also removed the boy from that crèche and enrolled him at another facility. He had been there since he was seven months.
The creche teacher added:
The crèche teacher believes the toddler may have injured himself.
“The boy just started walking so he could have fallen against the cots or something. I am a mother myself and I love children, I would never hit a child like that.”
Police spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana confirmed that a case of assault is being investigated, and no arrests have been made.