The mother of a 6-year-old Muskogee girl who reportedly was severely injured while in the custody of a Muskogee daycare has filed a lawsuit, records show.
According to the suit filed on Wednesday, Julie Robinson alleges her little girl “was injured in such a violent manner that she suffered severe and perhaps permanently disfiguring wounds to her face." It goes on to say the child suffered a fractured orbital bone, damage to roots of her teeth, contusion to the inside of her mouth and a severe disfiguring gash to her upper lip that required sutures.
“[Her] eye was black and swollen shut… lip was gashed virtually through and through and bleeding profusely,” allegations state.
2 News Works for You previously reported on the incident, which allegedly took place in August at Champions Daycare inside the Church of God at 306 South B Street.
The girl reportedly "ran into another child" which caused the injuries, daycare representatives said at the time.
The newly filed lawsuit says the daycare and employees showed negligence by not having adequate staffing and supervision to protect the child and by failing to call 911 or seeking immediate emergency care.
Daycare director Opal Jimerson, who is named as one of the defendants, took the girl to an urgent care facility in her private vechile and called Robinson, asking her to meet there because the girl “busted her lip,” according to documents. Robinson says the urgent care center turned them away and directed them to a hospital because the injuries were so severe.
Documents show defendants named include Jimerson, and the general partners of Champions Daycare – Marnita Archie, Lathon Archie III (deceased), Lathon Archie Jr. and Candace Archie.
Robinson's attorney outlines in the suit several times since 2016 the Department of Human Services investigated alleged rules violations at the daycare and took no disciplinary action, according to the document. One of those investigations reportedly took place the day after Robinson's daughter was injured.
"DHS failed to comply with the supervision rules and regulations of DHS and found the complaint of lack of supervision by the defendants as 'founded,'" the lawsuit states.
Earlier this month, a group protested outside the Muskogee DHS building.
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