When you think about brave parents, you think of them risking their lives for their children. Like the dad who shielded his daughter from falling boulders and paid for it with his life. But a dad in Ohio had his bravery tested in a horrifically disgusting way. He had to watch a videotape of his own baby being raped. The father is speaking out about what happened so that other parents can find out if their babies too were assaulted.
Heather Koon, who worked at a daycare Elyria, Ohio, has been charged with two counts of rape -- both were allegedly victims at the daycare. At least one was a baby. Police say that video of Koon raping the baby was allegedly found in a video on her laptop.
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In order to identify who the child was, the baby's father was reportedly shown still photos from the video of the assault. Then, to add insult to traumatic injury, the dad says the daycare asked him to keep the situation "discreet." Which he is refusing to do. He told WOIO:
I still haven't wrapped my mind around it. It's every parent's worst nightmare. They tried to act like it was a simple assault. A few hours later they called us back again and asked us to keep it discreet. Any child that's old enough to talk, they should talk to. Any child that's not old enough to talk should be taken to a physician.
Ugh, what a horror show. These daycare horror stories are so terrible. The vast majority of daycares are loving places -- and essential for working parents. But then you hear of one like this, and your heart sinks.
Can you imagine being this dad and having to look at these photos?
Most of us would want to just bury our eyes. Not know. But he had to know. He had to know not only so he could help get justice for his baby -- but so he could warn other parents.
This is a brave, brave father. And what he -- and his baby -- have allegedly had to go through is despicable. He will no doubt never be able to get these images out of his mind.
Would you have looked at these photos?
Image via Elyria, Ohio Police