Hamilton daycare under investigation after video goes viral
HAMILTON, Miss. (WCBI) – It’s all anyone is talking about today.
A viral video from a Hamilton daycare has devastated parents and horrified the community.
A cell phone video posted on multiple social media accounts shows adult daycare workers scaring toddlers.
The adult is wearing a mask from the movie Scream. You can hear and see the children screaming and crying.
WCBI is not airing the disturbing video because of the minor children involved, but we have to warn you, the following story may be distressing to some of our viewers.
Tonight, multiple agencies are investigating.
Videos showed children being chased by what they saw as a scary monster.
Instead, it was their daycare worker. The person that was supposed to keep them safe at Lil’ Blessings Daycare and Learning Center.
Now, parents are keeping their kids home after the viral video spread on Facebook like wildfire.
“We thought we knew these people, we’re from here. I can not communicate the words how I feel. I’m devastated for my baby,” said Alissa Hays, the mother of one of the children in the video.
Keegan and Alissa Hays saw the video of their daughter after another parent sent them the video to show what was going on at the facility.
Alissa Hays’ husband was one of the first parents to get their child after the video started circulating in the small Monroe County community.
“For this to happen was actually shocking on top of very angry. When something like that happens to your kid there are a lot of thoughts that run through your head,” Keegan Hays.
When Keegan Hays demanded answers he said some of the workers did not seem to take the matter seriously.
We talked to the daycare director who declined to do an on-camera interview. The daycare did release a statement on social media saying “the director was not aware that this happened but when it was made public the situation was taken care of people were fired. The director notified MSDH.”
Now, some parents are wanting to take legal action.
Right now, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has not filed charges against anyone at the daycare in the investigation but Sheriff Kevin Crook urges patience.
“I understand people want retaliation or retribution or whatever they want. justice is really what they want. Not to do anything irrational and to take matters into their hands and go after some of these young people or whatever who they know is involved or the owner of the business that’s gonna get them in trouble, ” said Crook.
The big question is, will parents be sending them back if they reopen?
“Under different circumstances, full surveillance, better management, we would possibly consider just for the convenience of being here in Hamilton,” said Keegan Hays.
A spokesperson for the Mississippi State Department of Health says the matter is under investigation.