Parents sue Montgomery County daycare alleging abuse, neglect of infant son

Attorney says surveillance video shows child left restrained in highchair for hours daily for several months

Parents file lawsuit against local daycare
Parents file lawsuit against local daycare

A Montgomery County family is suing their child’s former daycare center, alleging repeated neglect and abuse.

In the lawsuit against Creme de la Creme in The Woodlands, Kristin and Andrew Ernest claim surveillance videos obtained by court order show their son was mistreated between July 2018 and June 2019.

“He started to regress. I couldn’t put him in a highchair to eat, so I would have to feed him on the floor in the kitchen,” Kristin said.

The couple says they couldn’t get straight answers from the daycare ownership and staff, so they hired attorney Brad Leger and went to court to fight for access to classroom surveillance video.

“What we saw in the video was far worse than I could have imagined,” Kristin said.

Still images from the surveillance video released to KPRC 2 appear to show the little boy alone in a row of otherwise empty highchairs, while teachers play with other children.

“We were told that our son was in the high chair for 20 minutes,” said Andy.

But the family and their attorney say a review of months worth of videos shows the child was frequently left in that state for long periods throughout the day.

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