Furious Mom Says Daycare Blames Her Baby's 30 Bite Marks & Attack on a Toddler

Decorian Griffin
KSLA News 12

There is nothing scarier than a panicked phone call from your child's daycare, but the call that LaToya Griffen received about her son Decorian has left her with more questions than answers. When the mom from Nashville, Arkansas, arrived at her son's daycare center, her 9-month-old was given to her with more than 30 bite marks and numerous scratches along his body. Daycare workers told the horrified mother that the attack was from another toddler who was in their care, but LaToya is unsure of their explanation. "All I want is answers for my baby and his pain he has went through," she said.

  • When LaToya went to pick up her son from daycare, she was shocked to find him severely bitten and scratched.

    Speaking with KSLA News 12, LaToya said that the alleged assault happened at Alphabet Academy in Nashville on August, 17. She had dropped her son off at the daycare before heading to work but was later called back by staff who informed her of the attack. Upset, LaToya quickly rushed over to take her son home.

    "And this is what I came to," she told reporters."My 9-month-old child looking like this ... it just looks as if my baby was attacked by an animal."

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  • According to mom, daycare staff told her that a 2-year-old climbed into the playpen and attacked Decorian while he napped.

    The staff told her that her son "didn't cry and he didn't make any noises while all of this was going on. But I just find that impossible," the mom added. Decorian was then treated for his injuries at a local hospital. 

  • Police are now investigating the incident and are trying to get to the bottom of what really happened to Decorian.

    Larry Marion, who works with the Nashville Police Department, told reporters that they "are trying to determine if that is the correct story -- if it was a child that bit the kid or if there was any kind of neglect or failure to watch from the daycare center."

    The Arkansas Department of Human Services has also taken action against Alphabet Academy; it's opened a licensing investigation against the daycare center and immediate interim corrective action has been taken. When asked, Marci Manley of the Arkansas Department of Human Services told reporters that now no adult caregivers are permitted to be alone with children at any time.

  • But for LaToya, all she wants are answers for what happened to her son.

    "Somebody got to speak for the child, so that is all I want is answers for my baby and his pain he has went through," she said. "That is all I want is just answers."