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Jessica Lawshe
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You want to do everything you can to protect your children. That means nurturing them as much as you can when they are in your care, and making sure they're safe when they aren't. Tragically for many parents, facilities that claim to give kids the attention they need are not always trustworthy. As these day care horror stories prove, making sure your kids' day care is safe is a tough, but hugely important job.

Almost 11 million children across the United States are in child care programs such as child care centers and in-home child care. If you are a parent looking for daycare, you'll want to ensure that the facility you go with is licensed and that their employees have gone through the necessary training to be able to take care of your child.

Even if you take those precautions, day care accidents happen every day. The best you can do is try to find a facility with a stellar track record and trustworthy caretakers. As you'll see from this list, even the best day care facilities have lost kids, or been unable to keep tabs on violent or rough kids. While some mishaps are just that - innocent mistakes (like leaving a kid at Chuck E. Cheese), they all have the potential to cause serious, sometimes deadly harm.

Beyond the horrific and serious child care stories on this list, you'll also read about more common dangers (like day care germs) that you'll want to try to avoid. Of course, there's no way to protect your child from every possible problem in the world. But reading this list of accidents at day care can help you learn to see the warning signs.

Shaken baby syndrome is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Day Care Horror Stories
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A 10-month-old girl was placed in a medically induced coma after allegedly falling victim to Shaken Baby Syndrome at her day care center. According to the mother, "The doctor told me my girl suffered Shaken Baby Syndrome. It was so violent, he said her eyes were full of blood and that if she recovered she would be blind." 

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Four Die in Texas Day Care Fire


Four Die in Texas Day Care Fir... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Day Care Horror Stories
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Four children were killed when a 24-year-old day care worker left her home to go shopping at a nearby Target. A fire, caused by a pan of oil she had left cooking on the stove, broke out in the home where she was supposed to be watching the children. She received an 80-year prison sentence. 

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5-Year-Old Abducted


5-Year-Old Abducted is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Day Care Horror Stories
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A 19-year-old was arrested and charged with aiding in the abduction of a 5-year-old girl from her elementary school. According to investigators, the suspect and victim walked a few blocks to a home where the child was then blindfolded and told to remove her clothes. She was found by a passer-by the next day in a park, shivering under playground equipment.

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Kids Duct-Taped to Beds


Kids Duct-Taped to Beds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Day Care Horror Stories
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Officials had to investigate a day care center after allegations that the caretakers were duct-taping children to mats to enforce nap time. Parents became aware of the practice after photos of a child wrapped in a blanket and bound to a nap mat by duct tape began circulating. 

NY Post