COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A Midlands mother is asking you to join her in the fight against daycare abuse after her 2-year-old son’s finger was broken at a childcare facility in 2018.
Inari King has started an online petition calling for body cameras in every childcare facility. It’s something she doesn’t expect to happen overnight, but the concerned mother wants to bring awareness to what she sees as a growing issue for all parents.
King says after being notified about her son’s injury while at daycare, that injury turned out to be a broken finger.
She says it happened in July of last year at a daycare facility she chose specifically because she was told there were cameras, but when she asked for details surrounding her son’s injury, King says the daycare staff was unable to give her any answers because the cameras were not working at the time.
“To this day, I still don’t have answers on how it happened, who was watching him at the time, why he was allowed to get that close to the door for his finger to be smashed," King said. "We were told that the cameras were not working at the time. They were not recording. They were not aware that the cameras were broken, and that there was nothing they could do because they don’t have evidence of how he broke his finger.”
Not only that, after her son’s injury, King says she learned most daycare facility cameras only record in real time. This means parents can tune to monitor what’s happening, but cannot go back and watch any recordings of this footage.
King says that’s just not enough to ensure our children are being protected.
“I’m hoping, eventually, in time, that we can get a law that this is mandatory to have body cameras on the daycare provider at all times while they’re in the facility with the children," King said. "There’s plenty of parents just like myself who worry daily about their children and if we could get something in a place where we have peace of mind with what’s going on with our children, the world would be a better place."
She says body cameras will provide a more up close and personal view, rather than a camera posted to a wall or ceiling.
Her online petition has already gotten more than 350 signatures in less than two weeks. If you would like to sign, click here.
WIS has reached out to the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS). Currently, there are no regulations regarding child care facilities and cameras.