The parents of a little girl whose face was cut and broken at Muskogee’s Champions Daycare got nowhere in a scheduled meeting with DHS yesterday, looking for answers.
DHS often sends children to Champions Daycare, and would have to find other arrangements if the daycare was shut down.
“This non-meeting was a joke. DHS refused to answer any of the parents’ questions,” the family’s attorney, Steve Money said. “The parents are not being investigated; they are victims, and are entitled to the information about their child. I literally asked why (Susan McComb of DHS) called the meeting if she wasn’t going to tell them anything. The meeting lasted about eight minutes because it was clear Ms. McComb was stonewalling as has been the case since this tragedy occurred.”
The parents, State Rep. Avery Frix and Oklahoma Speaker of the House Charles McCall have urged more investigation of the daycare — as have two doctors who said earlier that it was not possible for the girl’s injuries to have resulted from the story the daycare told authorities. DHS continues to refuse to re-investigate or release information in the case.
“The history of complaints is on the DHS website and just a few days ago you could see that DHS initially found the complaint ‘substantiated,' but the letter to the parents now says the neglect was ‘unsubstantiated’,” Money said. “You can’t have it both ways. I think there is an incestuous relationship between DHS and Champions and the DHS is covering for them. We’re going to find out.”