The son of an employee at at Momma’s Place Christian Academy has been accused of sexually and physically abusing four preschool-aged children while “helping out” at the Pinson, Alabama, day care. According to the day care owners, he was not employed by the day care.
Chief Deputy Randy Christian of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said that three families came forward to report possible sexual abuse at the day care and a fourth family reported physical abuse.
The children that were allegedly the subjects of the abuse are ages 5, 5, 4 and 3-years-old.
In the police report it is alleged that the 17-year-old had inappropriate contact with the victims on the day care premises.
The teen’s mother has been fired from the day care and he has been banned from the property.
Police say that the teen was coming by the day care to “help out” while out of school for summer vacation.
The first report made to police was by the family of a 5-year-old. The child’s mother said she discovered her child touching another family member in an inappropriate way. When she asked her child why he was doing that, he told her that the suspect had touched him in the same way.
Investigators have been in contact with the families of children on the day care roster.
One parent told Fox 6, that although he had been contacted by investigators, he planned to still have his daughter attend the day care.
“I don’t know where these charges originated from but I personally have seen nothing to suggest, anything like that…that my daughter is in danger in any way,” Brian Hall said.
Chief Deputy Randy Christian expects charges to be filed after the investigation has been completed.
The day care currently remains open while DHR investigates and comes to a determination as to whether it should be closed.
Police are still investigating whether there may have been more victims.