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“Smack for a snack” program at Kentucky daycare center spawns investigation Palm Beach Post

A daycare center in Lexington, Ky., is facing severe scrutiny following reports of a “smack for a snack” program in which two male employees would hit children with a ruler in exchange for yogurt.

Investigators of an Aug. 4 incident, who included a detective from the police department’s Crimes Against Children unit and a representative of the state Department for Community Based Services, interviewed a 10-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy who “still had discoloration and bruising on their legs as a result of being struck by an object.”

“The teacher said if you want a yogurt, you have to stand up to get hit on the hand or the leg,” the girl told investigators. “Everyone lined up to get a hit. Some kids were crying about it.”

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During questioning, one of the accused employees of New Creation Child Care “confirmed he hit the children with a ruler and implied that it was just a game,” before adding that he had struck “Definitely twenty plus kids. But not everybody got hit.”

A 9-year-old girl even told investigators, “I didn’t even want a snack, but he hit me anyway.”

The Division of Regulated Child Care in the Office of Inspector General is currently monitoring New Creation, and one of the two male employees involved in the incident was cited by police for second-degree assault.

During an Aug. 9 inspection of the center, inspectors also discovered that staff-to-child ratios were more than twice the allowed limit. Earlier inspections revealed several other issues that were not in compliance with state requirements, including children riding in the daycare van without seat belts.

(h/t Star-Telegram)

Richard Thompson is an associate editor at Rare. Follow him on Twitter @RThompson_91 

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