The parents of a 2-year-old girl are claiming that a 4-year-old boy assaulted their daughter while she was in the care of employees at Virgin Active Frenchs Forest gym nursery.
The child, Eva Ness, reportedly sustained several injuries while staff members were supposed to be watching her, according to news.com.au. Eva allegedly suffered a black eye, other bruising, scratches and bites while at the nursery service.
Rob and Kristel Ness, Eva’s parents, have been outspoken about the incident and their concerns about the nursery. Rob Ness said he is extremely angry at the Virgin Active gym staff.
“The issue is not about the other boy, it’s about the lack of supervision,” he said. “My thing is it’s clearly not adequate supervision if (staff) didn’t see it... based the photos she must have been yelling for some time. It’s my feeling that somebody at Virgin Active has to be held accountable; obviously someone failed in their duty of care.”
Kristel Ness posted photos of Eva’s injuries on Facebook to publicize the incident, which has been confirmed by a spokeswoman for Virgin Active Health Clubs.
Some parents posted online that they were disturbed by the incident.
“I too was heartbroken seeing these photos...I recently stopped my children’s (Virgin Active Health Clubs nursery) memberships and am glad as I would not take this sort of risk leaving them there,” posted Rebecca Murray.
The spokeswoman said that there is an ongoing investigation into the alleged assault and that the 4-year-old boy accused of harming Eva has been suspended from the nursery.
“The 2-year-old suffered bruising to the face and bite marks on her face and back, following an altercation with the boy in the facility,” the spokeswoman said. “Our staff were nearby, but did not witness the incident as the incident occurred outside of the supervisor’s direct line of site in the ‘Big A’ soft play structure area.”
The spokeswoman added that the club is committed to preventing another incident from happening in the future, and that it cares about the safety of children in its nursery.