Gainesville Police are looking to arrest a daycare worker accused of beating an eight-month-old child on Thursday.
Erica Hall, 37, is accused of beating the child at Cuddly Kids Academy, located on the 1020 block of Southeast 4th Avenue, according to a GPD press release. Police said Hall left the daycare while they were watching the surveillance video.
Hall’s whereabouts are unknown as of Monday evening, according to GPD.
Laqueisha Davis, the child’s mother, told The Alligator her son’s right eye is bloodshot and he has bruising under his eyes and across his face, Davis said. She is removing her son from enrollment at the daycare and plans on taking legal action against Hall and the Academy’s director.
The Alligator was unable to reach Cuddly Kids Academy for immediate comment.
Davis said she received a call from the daycare after 3 p.m. Thursday saying her son got into a minor accident. She had been taking her son to the daycare for the past three months and didn’t suspect physical abuse prior.
“Upon arrival, I knew something was wrong with my child,” Davis said Monday evening.
Davis said she was skeptical of what happened due to the bruising on her son’s face and asked the daycare workers to see the surveillance footage.
When she said staff wouldn’t immediately let her view the footage, Davis called 911. She said the footage showed Hall repeatedly hitting her son on a diaper changing table.
“He can’t talk, he can’t walk,” Davis said. ‘What could he have possibly done to deserve this?”