Parents learn 2-year-old son was “physically bound” at day care center

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DAVISON, Mich. – Jason and Rebecca Vannest spent more than a year trusting they made the right choice in selecting a day care for their son.

Earlier this year, that trust was shattered.

The Vannests learned the horrible truth about the day care their 2-year-old son, William, was attending in June, according to WNEM.

After a long search for a day care center for William, they fell in love with the Rainbow Child Care Center in Davison, Mich.

They believed everything was fine.

“I would often call and say, ‘He was a little upset at drop-off. Is he doing okay now? Do you need anything? Is he being good for you today?'” Rebecca said. “It felt like we had a trust.”

Shortly after William’s second birthday in June, they received a call that changed everything.

“We had a contact from a worker at Rainbow who had a great concern about the care that he was being provided,” Jason said.

That’s when someone on the inside shared a photo with the couple.

“She explained to us he was being physically bound for naps and, over time, this happened about a period of a couple of months,” Jason said.

The Vannests said the picture showed a clear case of child abuse, with William bound against his will.

The Vannests got the police and the state involved.

The Department of Health and Human Services cited the day care for wrongdoing.

However, the punishment, if any, is unknown.

The Davison Township Police Department conducted its own investigation, but the county prosecutor did not move forward with the case.

The Vannests said they believe the action taken against the Rainbow Child Care Center is insufficient.

For now, they are keeping William out of day care.

“It’s just scary as a parent, because I don’t know how another parent would find this out,” Rebecca said.

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