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Mother Claims Child Abused At Clarksville Daycare

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By Rodney Dunigan 

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - A Clarksville daycare center is under investigation following allegations of abuse. A 1-year-old girl literally had the skin burned from her hand. The center's director said all of it is an unfortunate mistake. 

Investigators are working to find out. 

Shaquanna Downs got a call early last week about her daughter, Tyanna. She was being cared for at the Children of the Light daycare center in Clarksville. She was told there had been an accident, when she arrived the skin was literally hanging from Tyanna's right hand. 

"It's her whole hand. It may never all the way heal. She may get skin grafts," said Downs. 

According to the center's director, a teacher was washing the youngster's hand and she was simply scalded by hot water. Her tiny right hand received 3rd degree burns. 

"This is the first time anything like this has ever happened," said director Latonya Hughes. 

On Wednesday, Clarksville police interviewed workers at the center and gathered needed clues. Hughes said they are working with Clarksville investigators as well as the Department of Human Services to get to the bottom of what happened. She stressed that this was simply an accident and they would never harm a child. 

"We love children and that's our reason for even existing. We would not ever do anything intentionally to harm a child," said Hughes. 

The mother said a simple mistake could not cause so much damage. The special investigations unit of the Department of Children's Services is also involved with the case. 

At this point no charges have been filed. The worker in question is still employed by the daycare center. 

E-mail: rdunigan@newschannel5.com

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