A mother is suing a kindergarten in Irving for negligence and abuse of her young son and is seeking $1 million in damages, according to documents.
According to a lawsuit filed Friday in Dallas County, Natalie Radwan alleges that her two-year-old son suffered physical, emotional, and mental injuries due to improper disciplinary action by staff at Little Dumplings Daycare, and alleges that the childcare facility failed to properly review its personnel. .
Alice Brown, owner of Little Dumplings, said in a written statement that the facility had not violated any state regulations regarding the incident.
Radwan sent her son to kindergarten in December 2021 when he was two years old. On an unspecified day, Radwan noticed that her son had come home with “unexplained injuries” and, according to the lawsuit, she was watching a live feed of the day at the kindergarten.
In the footage, Radwan saw her son being ignored when he asked for food and water as a result of disciplinary action, the lawsuit says. She said that her son’s head was aggressively pressed against a pillow, moved from his seat at the table with one hand, and isolated from other children in the class.
Radwan notified the kindergarten management of the incident, and the institution declared the discipline inadequate. However, the daycare did not report the incident to the state, the lawsuit says. Russell Button, Radwan’s attorney, said in a written statement that Radwan herself reported the incident to the state.
“We encourage parents like Ms Radwan to report any incidents to the state so they can be properly investigated, held accountable and hopefully protect other children from harm,” he said.
An investigation into the incident by the Child Care Licensing Division of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas Department of Family and Welfare found that the employee involved in the incident had restrictions on background checks. There are no restrictions on the claim.
As a result of the investigation, the state accused the kindergarten of violating at least five licensing laws in connection with the incident.
An investigation found that the toddler cried and tried to run away after being grabbed by the arm and spoken in a “threatening manner” several times, according to the complaint. In addition, the toddler was denied food as part of a disciplinary action, and the toddler was allowed to walk around with a bottle and lie down with it during sleep, which is a violation of Texas child care licensing regulations.
The complaint alleges that as a result of a government investigation, an employee was banned from the daycare facilities and the state implemented a security plan to address the violations. The kindergarten owner denied that any government regulations had been violated and said the teacher in question was placed on unpaid leave pending an investigation before she was finally fired.
“Unfortunately, it’s hard to really get to know people, and the teacher was a very sweet older woman,” Brown said in a written statement. “She never showed any signs that we should be concerned. This is the reason we have live feed cameras in every classroom.”
According to the complaint, Little Dumplings was mentioned by the state on at least seven other occasions between October 2021 and November 2022, mostly related to hiring carers.
“A safe learning environment and peace of mind is what parents like Ms Radwan pay and expect to get,” the lawsuit says. “Instead, Ms. Radwan’s worst nightmare has become a reality.”