The inhumane act was caught on camera by another worker who chose to record the video and laugh away!
People are left in shock after a video surfaced showing a daycare worker pulling a child's hair to force her to eat. The footage was captured at My Little Playhouse Learning Center in Lubbock, Texas, and showed a little girl being grabbed violently by the hair while at the same time the woman who is filming the video laughs at it. The daycare worker can be heard ordering the little girl, Amyra Wilson, to eat her food and when she doesn't the worker grabs her hair and pulls her toward the plate.
The disturbing video also shows the entirety of the room where other children can be seen eating in the background as the camera takes in the rest of the room. The entire video is less than a minute but during that time the girl is grabbed forcefully and tapped on the head, her hair pulled multiple times.
The person filming the video only chooses to laugh at this time and continues recording, instead of intervening to help the toddler. It's unclear as to when the video was filmed but it has gone viral on social media from January 17. According to KCBD, The parents of the Amyra soon picked her up after they watched the video online.
The grandmother of the child, Shanna Walker, saw the video 20 minutes before she was preparing to pick her up. Shanna told KCBD, "I was furious. My initial reaction was to come and snatch her head off her body. It’s very frightening." The grandmother further commented that the workers at My Little Playhouse Learning Center should be caring towards children and have the wellbeing in their hearts.
"But when you come to find out something like this is happening… I know that everyone thinks that their grandchildren are the best. But this little girl, she is the sweetest little girl that you could ever know. And she’s very quiet and very timid. So, for her to sit there and just to pull on her hair – it’s very infuriating. I mean I’m standing here right now, feeling like I’m about to boil over," she added.
Lubbock TX my little playhouse daycare on 50th pic.twitter.com/s4QBNeIQuy— chingonã (@santanammadrid) 17 January 2019
Amyra's mom, LaQuitta Wilson, was outraged at the way her daughter was treated and decried the worker to be put to jail. She told EverythingLubbock, "She was physically abused by an adult and someone that we paid to place for her safety. They had no apology. They had no reason. They did not call me. As I said, everything hit the fan and it’s like they just had nothing to say."
WHY? If you dont like children, choose a dif job! Bless all the children. They all look too sleepy to eat. Daycare worker pulls child hair trying to force her to eat while another... https://t.co/kCq9LHKxEP via @YouTube— 🇺🇸Scooter's Wife 🔴🔴🔴🇺🇸 (@lisadarnall2) January 18, 2019
Though the clip had gone viral Wilson only saw it until she was told that it was circulating around the Internet. Though Amyra was not injured due to the harsh treatment, Wilson still wants the worker to be punished for her inhumane deed. "We want any legal action that can happen, any legal action that happened to her, like jail time," she added.
A daycare worker pulls out a 3-year-old's hair in this week's crime news http://t.co/F5br9BjWNy— Brooklyn Paper (@brooklynpaper) March 4, 2015
Lubbock Police Department have commented that an investigation is underway and investigation officers are looking into the issue currently. They wrote on their Facebook account, "The Lubbock Police Department was made aware of a video circulating Facebook involving a young child at a daycare in the 3600 block of 50th Street. Once the video was brought to LPD’s attention, officers responded to the business to investigate. Through the investigation, it was determined this incident occurred on a previous date. This case remains under investigation."
The officials at My Little Playhouse Learning Center released a statement following the incident, saying that the staff involved in the incident are fired. They wrote, "The owners and Directors of My Little Playhouse Learning Center LLC were made aware of video footage posted on social media at approximately 11:45 a.m. Staff involved were fired immediately. Local authorities (LPD) has been notified and are investigating accordingly. Texas Department of Childcare Licensing has also been notified." The daycare center had previously been in multiple controversies regarding the breach of 19 Texas state rules, including failing to have areas free of hazards which could endanger children.