Mom sues daycare over alleged abuse video

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By Ari Odzer and Janie Campbell
NBC Miami

An angry mother says she is suing a Miami daycare, alleging a particular caregiver has punched, hit, slapped and shoved children under five years old.

Trina Jackson says she had no problem leaving her daughter at the J-Ruiz Learning School until the day 5-year-old Kayla came home with one of her braids missing, yanked right out of her scalp.

Jackson says staff told her the hair was already gone when Kayla came to preschool that day.

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But it turns out the entire incident was caught on what appears to be surveillance video, showing Kayla apparently attacked by a group of girls as the caregiver seems to ignore it.

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Finally, after the caregiver gets involved and checks Kayla’s scalp — “I think she throws the hair in the garbage,” said Jackson — she appears to smack the little girl in the head.

“She says something,” points out attorney Christopher Wadsworth as he watches the tape. “And bam! Right in the head.”

Only one of the incidents captured on 26-minute tape involves Kayla, but her attorneys are attempting to reach the parents of other children who appear to be slapped and pushed on camera.

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