Toddler burned at west Houston day care, parent says

HOUSTON – A mother wants answers after she was told another child bit her almost 2-year-old daughter, but said the bruise she saw on the child’s forearm looked more like a burn mark.

The Houston Police Department along with the Department of Family Protective Services are investigating what happened Friday Feb. 16 at Little Scholars Learning Center off of Westheimer Road in west Houston.

“When I got to the day care, the bruise that I saw on her arm was nothing like a bite mark at the time, I didn’t know exactly what had happened,” explained the mother, Tammy Andrews.

She said she received a call from Little Scholars Learning Center on Friday that an 18-month-old boy bit her daughter, Camille.

“So I began to ask the teacher what was going on and she told me the kids were in the corner playing and my daughter had a puzzle and the kids wanted and one of the other babies walked up to her and tried to get it and she refused to give it to him, so he bit her,” explained Andrews.

She said the bruise did not have any teeth marks. Andrews said by Sunday Camille’s arm was red and bleeding, so they went the emergency room.

“The doctor did explain to me and confirm that this was not a bite mark it was a burn mark, a single second-degree burn mark, in the forearm left forearm due to thermal burn or friction burn,” said Andrews.

On Monday, she filed a police report because she accused the day care of not giving her the full story of what happened to her daughter.

“I want to make all of the parents aware of what has happened to my daughter and I want justice,” explained Andrews. “I feel very hurt, disappointed, sad, I wasn’t there, I still don’t know what happened to her.”

Andrews said she pulled her 21-month-old and 12-year-old daughter from the day care.

“It was hard for me to leave her with someone because I don’t trust her with anyone at this point, but I had to go back to work,” said Andrews.

Since her daughter is too young and just learning to talk, she said she has no idea what happened.

“As far as the cameras the police asked for surveillance and video tapes and they have not been working for over a month, so that’s something else parent should need to know as well,” said Andrews.

The director of Little Scholars Learning Center said they couldn’t comment because the incident is under investigation, but said Camille’s teacher has been placed on administrative leave without pay.

UPDATE: Toddler's injury was spider bite, not burn, investigation shows