A Florida day care employee was arrested after a man picked up his 4-year-old son and found he had a bleeding gash on his head.
Carolyn Philogene-Hylton, 59, was arrested Wednesday and booked into Brevard County jail on charges of child abuse and neglect.
Palm Bay police say the 4-year-old was injured around 9:30 a.m. on June 27. He was still bleeding when his father, 54-year-old Terry Farmer, picked him up from Woodlake Wonderland that afternoon.
Philogene-Hylton allegedly informed her supervisors around 4 p.m. that the child had a bump on his head from a fall.
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The boy told police that Philogene-Hylton had grabbed him by the shirt and shook him. He fell and his head hit “the wall.” He said there was a lot of blood.
When the day care owner reviewed surveillance video, he saw Philogene-Hylton take the child into a bathroom and close the door. After several minutes the door opened and the boy had a bandage on the back of his head.
Because she didn’t report the injury to senior staff, the boy didn’t get the medical attention he needed.
Farmer took his son to a local hospital where a doctor said the cut required stitches but because of the time delay they would have to staple the wound, increasing the risk of infection.
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"I feel like no kid should have to go through that," Farmer said.
Police found blood at the day care and said it’s likely the child struck his head on a water heater.