Report: Day care staffers photographed baby in suggestive manner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) ” Allegations of staff photographing babies in sexual poses, including one child shown in a suggestive manner and smoking a cigarette, prompted the closure of an employee child day care center at Copper Mountain Resort, state officials said.
Whether the pictures were doctored or were taken with the babies posed in that manner is part of an investigation, Colorado Human Services spokeswoman Liz McDonough said Monday.
“If indeed the possibility that this child was photographed in this way, that’s serious enough for us to go forward and summarily suspend the license and we can sort the details out later,” McDonough said.
“Until we are 100 percent certain, in our cases we are going to err on the side of safety.”
An Order of Summary Suspension, which in effect shut down the Pumpkin Patch Day Care Center, states that staff admitted to photographs of two babies fighting and a naked baby in a sexually suggestive pose.
“Two staff working in the infant room of the facility took photographs of a baby looking like he was ‘shooting a bird’ and forcing him to hold his middle finger resulting in the child crying,” according to written findings of the order.
Female employees allegedly involved and the supervisor of the facility have been “suspended indefinitely, pending further investigation,” according to a release by the resort.
Messages left for a resort spokesman and at the day care center by The Associated Press were not immediately returned.
Summit County sheriff’s officials were also investigating.
The investigation began March 27 when the Department of Human Services received a complaint of allegations that two staff at Pumpkin Patch were abusing infants in care.
Other allegations in the report include staff previously carrying a naked boy around the office showing his genitals and laughing. The “governing body of the facility” failed to report these allegations and interfered with the investigation by personally interviewing the staff involved.
The resort received the order Thursday and closed the facility immediately, according to a statement issued by the resort.
“We have notified the parents of those children known to be directly involved,” the release said. “At Copper Mountain, the health, safety and welfare of children is of paramount important.”
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