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Social Services finds Henrico daycare did not ensure safety of children in their care

Posted at 9:25 PM, Oct 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-06 23:15:58-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- CrossRoads Christian Academy in Henrico received an inspection violation from the Virginia Department of Social Services after a car crashed into the daycare in August injuring three children.

VDSS wrote in their violation that the daycare did not implement procedures to ensure the safety of children in their care. VDSS found the daycare did not telephone emergency personnel, local authorities and building officials to ensure the safety of children after the crash.

CrossRoads Christian Academy after the August accident.

CrossRoads Christian Academy after the August accident.

Brandon Cotman’s son, Jeremiah, was injured during the crash, and called 911 himself after finding out that police were never called by the daycare.

“I find that kinda disturbing,” Cotman said. “They’re not doctors, I don’t think they are really qualified to diagnose if somebody is ok.”

Jeremiah Cotman had shards of glass to puncture his skin during the crash and he said he struggled to sleep for weeks after the accident.

Brandon Cotman

Jeremiah Cotman (Left), Brandon Cotman (Right)

“I thought like something is going to hit the window or door,” Jeremiah Cotman said about why he couldn’t sleep.

CBS 6 asked the daycare about the VDSS findings, but they told us “no comment.”

Henrico police charged 67-year-old Geraldine Dickens with reckless driving on Tuesday, but Brandon Cotman said he believes it is the daycare that is most at fault.

“I feel that daycare should be held accountable for everything,” Cotman said.

According to the violation notice, an intensive plan of correction meeting is scheduled to address the issues.