Access to affordable child care continues to be a struggle across the nation and the Yellowhammer state.
“This is disturbing,” said Barry Matson, Executive Director of Alabama District Attorney’s Association. “It needs investigating. And it needs to be looked into. And if the elements of the offense are there, then I feel confident in the law enforcement of Jefferson County and the DA’s office going forward.”
"It turns out that for some time - years if not decades - our day school has had a practice when a child bites another child, or when a child misbehaves, they have hot sauce put on their tongues,” Bassham said. “This practice has stopped. It will never be done again.”
Heather Willoughby was stunned when her daughter told her that teachers at her day care were giving hot sauce to babies as punishment. “The idea of someone that she’s supposed to be able to trust as her caregiver putting something like that to cause her pain, that’s absolutely horrifying,” Willoughby told 1819 News.