When you leave your kids in daycare, it takes an incredible amount of trust. These are your precious babies. The most important people to you in the world. You want to know that they are being well taken care of. And most daycares are awesome and do an incredibly difficult job and do it wonderfully.
But then you hear about ones like this, and it makes you cringe. It makes you outraged. A California daycare was shut down after inspectors found it to be a virtual house of horrors: The building was determined to be uninhabitable. There were no working toilets. There was no electricity. There were mice droppings. There were knives left around. And that's not all folks. One of the children, a 2-year-old girl, reportedly tested positive for marijuana use!
Roubena Hartounian was arrested and her daycare, Bina's Family Child Care in Glendale, was shut down after the parents of a 2-year-old girl rushed her to the hospital after she was "unresponsive" when they picked her up.
The toddler subsequently was reported to have tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
Reportedly, marijuana pipes were also found inside the daycare. It's unclear how the toddler ended up testing positive for THC. Had the toddler mistakenly eaten something? Was she given something on purpose?? The lead investigator says:
We are still trying to determine whether the marijuana was consumed there ... if we can make that connection.
Wow, this is all pretty horrific. And I don't want to play blame the parents here, but reading that list of problems with the daycare -- including piled up dirty dishes, knives on the counter that kids could access, no working toilets, and no electricity -- I'm thinking, who would leave their kids there?! Did the parents not look at the place? Were they so desperate that they needed this one because of price? What?
Was this place never inspected? How was this place open for business? Baffling and horrible.
What do you do to make sure your kids' daycare is safe?
Image via Glendale Police