HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - A Hollywood mother claims her 3-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted in the bathroom of a day care center.
The mother, who has asked not to be identified, has hired an attorney and filed a civil suit against Academic & U on Sheridan Street in Hollywood.
"When I picked my child up, she told me these boys touched her and urinated on her," she said.
The alleged incident happened in March during an after-school program.
The woman claimed the 3-year-old girl was followed into the bathroom by the three boys, who Local 10 has been told are 3, 5, and 9 years old.
"These people need to pay for what they did to my child. She is petrified to go to the bathroom. She cries at night and has nightmares," the girl's mother said.
"What we are alleging today is that this day care failed to watch over a 3-year-old girl, which resulted in her being sexually assaulted by three boys," said attorney Jeffrey Herman.
A woman identified as the director told Local 10's Jeff Weinsier the incident didn't happen, that it was a lie.
Cesar Alvarez, a school spokesman, said the claim seems to be money-driven.
"In my opinion, someone is looking for easy money because I have received a letter from an attorney looking for my insurance information," Alvarez said.
Hollywood police were called and a report was written, but a spokesman said the alleged incident didn't warrant any further police action and was referred to the Florida Department of Children and Families.
According to records obtained by Local 10, investigators with the Florida Department of Children and Families went to Academics & U days after the alleged incident and found several areas where the day care failed to comply with state guidelines, including education requirements, personnel training and the ratio of personnel to children.
The inspector wrote, "A lack of direct supervision was observed."
"Whether the police file criminal charges, because the ages of the perpetrators or because they don't have enough evidence under probable cause, doesn't mean it didn't happen. It doesn't mean this little girl isn't entitled to justice," Herman said.
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