Family sues after baby tests positive for cocaine

A Wisconsin family has shared plans to sue KinderCare after their newborn tested positive for cocaine.

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This is what allegedly happened to the child at KinderCare

Based on CBS 58, Kimberly Hopson allegedly noticed scratches on her 11-month-old son, Prince, on May 3. At that time, Hopson questioned staff at KinderCare. However, they accused them of “not knowing what happened”.

Over the next few days, Hopson noticed his son had more scratches and injuries.

“[There were] There were many bruises all over the chest, abdomen, even legs and buttocks. The only explanation given to his mother was that he must have somehow fallen out of his high chair,” Hopson’s attorney, B’Ivory LaMarr, told the outlet.

According to the source, Prince began vomiting for two days in a row, eventually causing his mother to take him to see a medical professional on May 15. CBS 58 reported that the same day, “doctors… notified police of a possible case of child abuse.”

Then, on May 21, doctors tested the child’s urine and it tested positive for cocaine.

The day care worker was arrested and charged

Police are said to have raided Hopson’s home in search of the substance. When it wasn’t located there, authorities turned their attention to KinderCare in Oak Creek. On May 22, police discovered a bag of cocaine “in a backpack on the floor of an unlocked closet in the infant’s room.”

Watson passion, a 24-year-old employee at KinderCare, was arrested. Watson allegedly admitted to using the substance while saying she had no idea it was in the backpack. WISN.

“Watson advised her that she didn’t know what to do [the child] may have been exposed, but stated that it was possible he was exposed to cocaine from her, however, denied using cocaine at any time last week,” Assistant District Attorney Milwaukee, Kenneth Olstinski, asserted in the criminal complaint against Watson.

According to the source, Watson was charged with “possession of cocaine at or near certain locations.” Authorities anticipate additional charges will be filed for this woman’s crimes.

Here’s what Wisconsin Families plans to do next

Based on CBS 58, Watson no longer works at the KinderCare location. Furthermore, on Tuesday, May 28, the facility released a statement regarding the incident.

“There is nothing more important to us than the safety of the children in our care. We work hard to create healthy spaces for work, play and study. All of our centers and programs are drug, alcohol and tobacco free. The teacher involved is no longer an employee of KinderCare.”

Meanwhile, WISN reports that the KinderCare Oak Creek location has at least 23 violations recorded with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. The three violations allegedly focused on “supervision and treatment of children at the facility.”

Additionally, employees allegedly accused others of being “aggressive” toward children, “throwing” children and even talking about the “physical and sexual characteristics” of children.

Based on TMZHopson exclusively shared plans to file a lawsuit against KinderCare for child neglect. Hopson and her attorney allege that the facility offered to pay for Prince’s medical expenses. However, they believe that is “not enough”.

The newspaper added that Hopson’s lawsuit could also include allegations of “negligent supervision, premises liability, assault and battery, etc.”

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