The operators of a Spanish Fork home day-care center are being sued by a woman who says her 2-year-old son was sexually abused by a 15-year-old while being cared for at the center.
The mother, a Spanish Fork resident, filed the suit in 4th District Court against the day-care operators, who according to the suit, operated a licensed and certified day-care center in their home and cared for the 2-year-old daily for several months.According to the suit, the mother began noticing abnormal behavior in her son in February. Subsequent inquiry and an investigation by police revealed that the child had been sexually abused by a 15-year-old boy at the center, the suit says.
Because the center was licensed by the state as a day-care center and because the mother made payments to the center for child care, the suit says, the operators were negligent in allowing the child to be subjected to wrongful physical sexual abuse while being cared for at the center.
"The defendants were negligent in absenting themselves from the day-care center and allowing a minor child . . . to have access to and care of this child, in their absence," the suit says.
The suit says the 2-year-old boy has suffered and will continue to suffer physical and emotional harm because of the abuse. The child has incurred and will continue to incur hospital, doctor and other medical and psychological expenses as a result of the operators' negligence, the suit says. The mother is seeking general, special and punitive damages in an amount to be determined at trial.
Spanish Fork police confirmed that they investigated allegations of child sexual abuse by a minor at a day-care center. However, Lt. Brad Stone would not name the day-care center because the allegations involved a juvenile. Stone said the results of the investigation were turned over to juvenile court authorities.
Juvenile court officials are not allowed to comment on cases involving juveniles. The investigation revealed there had been multiple victims, Stone said.