Daycare Worker Refuses to Let Parents Drop Off a Sleeping Kid

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An anonymous daycare worker's surprising revelation on the popular website Reddit is going viral after the person shared the specific reason why he or she will never let parents leave sleeping child in his or her care. User 561349, explained that an old employer said never to accept a sleeping tot, which the user assumed was done in effort to keep the kids on their sleep schedule. The real reason, however, is much more sinister. The Reddit user explained about later learning that abusive parents will often hurt and then drug their kids before dropping a little one off at daycare and then try to blame the daycare for the child's injuries.

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The Redditor shared the anecdote in response to a Reddit prompt where someone asked "What was the most satisfying time you caught someone lying?" and it's since taken off.

User 561349, who is now a babysitter, explained that when working at a daycare, the policy was to "never accept babies sleeping in car seats or sleeping children at all."

"So if Mom or Dad brought a kid asleep, I immediately woke them up and pulled them out of their car seat," the user added. "This made so many parents displeased with me but it's policy."

The redditor added that one horrible experience with the grandmother of a child proved exactly why a sleeping child could be a signal for danger.

"One day a grandma brought a baby asleep and he was not waking up at all. Just raise his head, whimper and go back to sleep," the user explained. "Immediately my boss called 911 and grandma was trying to down play 'he had a rough night, he's just tired, etc.'"

But 561349 had watched this baby before. "He wouldn't sleep if he thought he was going to miss out, we had music playing and kids loudly singing and dancing," the redditor wrote.

In the chaos of the moment, the grandma slipped out and the baby's parents were called. 

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"Turns out Granny had a history of giving kids stuff to knock them out when she babysat but this time she did it to a 6-month-old and that's why he wouldn't wake up. I think they pumped the kid's stomach and he had a stay at the hospital," the user continued. "Legal actions were taken and the family moved away."

But unfortunately, this wasn't a one-time occurrence. "To clarify, the policy was put in place because my boss knew abusers have been known to do this," the user explained. "They'd break the kid's arm, dose them, dump them with the sitter who lets the baby asleep all morning then because the kid was with the sitter all day, it's easy to blame them for the baby's injury. Or worse, the baby died and they do this to blame the sitter."

The incident completely changed how this user felt about care-taking. "To this day if I'm babysitting, I don't accept sleeping children. I flat out refuse to watch kids at their home while they're sleeping for the same reason," the redditor said. "I've pretty much stopped doing any child care because as much as I love kids, watching parents make bad decisions on purpose, when they know better, was killing my soul."

Online, other users were completely shocked about 561349's revelation. 

"Your story that parents and carers drug their kids maliciously, just makes me shiver, talk about pure evilness..." wrote one person. 

"That’s horrendous," another wrote. "I never would have thought to check for that."

And someone else shared that it was "Crazy knowing this is a common thing. Happened to me as a kid."
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