Jeanie Alcalar, whom you may have seen drag her daughter by the arm on the February 17 episode of Toddlers And Tiaras, has had her daycare center's license suspended in light of some pretty upsetting allegations.
At Hippo Academy, 22 children were under Alcalar's care. According to the Texas Dept. Of Child Protective Services, during an inspection, a representative found black pepper on an infant's sheet in a crib. Reports the American-Statesman:
Putting pepper on an infant's thumb is a violation of state minimum standards for day cares and is risky because it could cause a child to choke or have breathing problems…
There was also evidence that Alcalar put a cloth over the face of a 9-week-old crying infant and put Cheetos or crackers in the mouth of the same child, which caused a choking hazard.
Other allegations against Alcalar include:
— Slapping an infant so hard that the infant cried
— Placing hot sauce mixed with water in infant bottles
— Spoon-feeding hot sauce to an infant
Alcalar's attorney, Howard Fomby, claims that she is a victim of false accusations by an employee she threatened to fire. He notes that there was no hot sauce at the day care and adds: "It's ludicrous to believe there was, because what are you accomplishing to make a child sick?"
Day Care's License Suspended After Operator Accused Of Abuse [American-Statesman]