Based on a tip, we started looking into East Texas day cares. A review of open records revealed a shocking number of cases involving day care workers abusing the children in their care. It ranged from dragging children across the floor to forcing a child to sleep in urine-soaked clothing.
The more widespread problem involved background checks and state requirements for getting them done, and getting them done quickly. It became clear that there is a systemic problem with day cares letting people work without being sure about their past.
When we went looking for answers, they were few and far between.