An 8-month-old baby is recovering from serious injuries after being beaten allegedly by a 24-year-old man at a daycare.
Tyreece Washington, 24, was arrested Monday on suspicion of causing serious injuries to an infant at his family’s San Jacinto child care business, authorities said.
Staff from a local medical center reported to police June 20 that they received an 8-month-old boy with serious bodily injuries.
The investigation led police to Washington Family Child Care, a licensed day care facility in the 1100 block of Lee Ann Circle. Calls to the facility were returned by the time of publication.
In an exclusive interview Tuesday, the baby’s mother told NBC4 that she noticed something wrong with her son after she picked him up from the daycare last week.
"He screams and wails, bloody murder like he's in excruciating pain," Nikkole Sawyer said.
She took Kyler to Hemet Valley Medical Center, where she claims doctors told her that Kyler wasn't seriously injured and may have a virus. But Nikkole and her mother Debra believed it was something else and took Kyler to a children’s hospital in Loma Linda.
Doctors ran a series of tests and found that Kyler had suffered several serious injuries, including seven rib fractures and a possible spinal injury, Sawyer said.
"It just kills me to look at him, it just hurts," said Debra Sawyer, the baby’s grandmother.
Washington was booked into custody on a charge of abuse of a child under the age of 5. His bail was set at $40,000.
Neighbor Mark Meijer could not believe the accusations against the 24-year-old daycare worker.
"He has a bible in his hand all the time. He's a good well-mannered young man,” Meijer said. “I would trust him around my daughter."
The baby's family has set up a fund to help pay for mounting medical bills. For information on how you can donate, click here.
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