Lawsuit claims boy sexually assaulted 3-year-old girl at Goose Creek daycare

Updated: Apr. 19, 2019 at 6:46 PM EDT
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GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - A new lawsuit against a Goose Creek daycare facility claims a minor boy sexually assaulted a 3-year-old girl at the facility in November 2018.

Angie Grayson said she picked up her child from Harvest Time Academy and noticed she was bleeding from her genitals.

After taking her daughter to Summerville Medical Center, Grayson said she was told her daughter suffered trauma to her genitals and was the victim of sexual assault.

“She stated that another kid who was older than her had taken and sexually assaulted her with wood chips from the playground,” Grayson said.

This is the second lawsuit attorneys Michael Dill and Eliza Cantwell filed against Harvest Time Academy this month.

Last Tuesday, they filed another lawsuit claiming parents picked up their child from Harvest Time Academy and noticed he was bruised.

That lawsuit claims they later discovered the child had a fractured sternum, and parents and officials were never notified.

“If I’m paying you to watch my child, I’m assuming that you’re watching them,” Grayson said. “I’m assuming that you’re giving them great care. And in this situation, I don’t feel like she had great care.”

A request for all 911 calls made to Goose Creek Police in the last five years shows a pattern of complaints.

Records show in that time, police have responded to two child abuse reports, five investigations, one report of an unresponsive person and one report of an injured person.

According to records from the state's Department of Social Services, DSS has inspected Harvest Time Academy several times because of complaints.

Since 2017, DSS conducted 7 inspections for improper supervision, 7 inspections for operating policy deficiencies and 4 inspections for issues with unauthorized or unqualified caregivers.

“I’m hoping she would be a typical three-year-old,” Grayson said. “I’m hoping this won’t have a lasting impression on her. But I do know she remembers because she will bring it up, occasionally.”

Lawyers for Harvest Time Academy have not responded to a request for comment.

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