Florida Department of Children and Families Investigating Infant Burned at Day Care Center


Child care workers at the Clarcona Academy Child Care Center discovered severe burns on the entire right leg of a two-month old baby while changing the baby’s diaper. After the shocking discovery, the baby boy was taken to Winnie Palmer Children’s Hospital and admitted overnight. The child’s father was contacted by police and told them the child was fine when he dropped the child off. The State of Florida Department of Children and Families was also notified of the incident, it later called in its Child Protection Team. The DCF child protection team is a team of doctors who observe the physical injuries on a child and learn the how the injury occurred, when it took place and point to indications of whether the accident was purposeful or accidental.

An investigation is being conducted on the daycare, parents and anyone else who would have been alone with the child. Although the parents have no prior history with DCF, the daycare does. Presently, the daycare is operating under a provisional license due to the adult-to-children ratio and possible problems with the grounds. It is unknown whether or not the child will remain in the parent’s custody during the investigation, but Hoeppner assured the child will be in a safe environment. To read more about this topic see Daycare workers observe burns on leg of 2-month-old boy.

You can get a detailed history of your child’s daycare at DCF Daycare History.