Girl says older boy punched 7-month-old sister at daycare

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Department of Children Services said it is investigating an incident in which a 4-year-old girl said a 7-year-old boy punched her baby sister at daycare.

Rodney Smith told Memphis Police Department he picked his daughters up from Wright Touch Child Care Center on Clearwood Road. He noticed that his 7-month-old daughter, Destiny, had bruises to her right eye and face. He took her to the hospital.

"This is a beautiful little girl with not a spot on her. They took her there [to daycare] looking perfect and pick her up like that," the child's grandmother, Shirley Smith, told WMC Action News 5.

Staff at the daycare told Rodney Smith that his daughter was injured while inside the playpen. However, Smith's older daughter, who is 4 years old, said she saw a boy punch her sister.

"She was a little swollen on her forehead. She had two bruises on her forehead. She had red spots on this side of her face, a red eye that looks like a black eye," Shirley said. "She couldn't even hardly understand what she was saying because she was so upset and crying."

The family was so upset by the extent of the injuries that they did not want to show the photos.

The family said they received the call from Wright Touch Child Care owner Sandra Brooks on Thursday night. They said she was hysterical on the phone as she tried to tell them about Destiny's injuries.

Smith said doctors told them the injuries his baby sustained were consistent with an assault. Destiny's parents are outraged and feel as if they have been left in the dark as to what really happened to their daughter.

The incident has sparked a multi-agency investigation into the daycare, which has received flawless inspections by the state and has three stars, the state's top marks for daycare.

Destiny was seen Friday by her pediatrician as recommended by the ER doctors. Her parents said despite the bruising and swelling, she will be OK.

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