A child care worker made her first court appearance Monday on charges that she intentionally broke the arm of a one-year-old girl in her care at a Raleigh day care center.
Dashuna Mecole Wiggins, 24, of Raleigh was charged with one felony count of intentional child abuse, inflicting serious physical injury, court records show.
Police say the incident occurred Nov. 4 at the Kindercare Learning Center at 2300 Bridgeport Drive, where Wiggins worked. Two days later, officials with Wake County Child Protective Services contacted police.
Investigators determined that the child’s left arm was broken while in Wiggins’ care and found reason to criminally charge her, said police spokesman Jim Sughrue.
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Wiggins was arrested Friday afternoon and released the same day after posting a $50,000 bond. A Wake County magistrate ordered Wiggins to have no contact with the child or with any child under 18 without adult supervision as a condition of her release from jail, court records show.
Neither Wiggins or her attorney, George Kelly III of Raleigh, could be reached for comment Tuesday. Prior to the charges filed against her last week, Wiggins did not have a criminal record, except for routine traffic infractions, state records show.
The Kindercare Learning Center is licensed by the state’s Division of Child Development and Early Education and has had no disciplinary actions taken against it in the last three years, according to the state website. During annual visits in the past two years, state officials found minor rules violations that were corrected the same day.
On June 23, 2014, state officials found over-the-counter sunscreens and medications for diaper rash that had expired. Last year, on June 23, state officials found crib sheets that were “not changed as needed or at least daily.” They also found that seven of the day care’s 17 employees had not completed required training hours. The center contacted the state in August to report that all of its staff had completed the required training, according to the state website.