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Mother Claims Son Was Injured By Teacher

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Idalis Ford is a single mother of two boys, one of which used to go to South Joplin Head Start, until he came home with a head injury on Sept. 26.

"He had these two big goose eggs on his head. I asked him how'd he get them. He said that his teacher hit him in the head and he pointed directly to where she hit him," explained Ford.

She immediately reached out to the school looking for answers, but was met with conflicting stories.

"The first one was he came to school like that, the second one was he hit the table at lunch time, the third one was maybe a kid did it, a fourth one was maybe a kid on the bus named Donna did it," said Ford.

An investigation that's still ongoing was launched with the Joplin Police Department and the Department of Children and Families, but Ford says she feels like her son's case is being overlooked.

"I feel like because my child is a black child and the teacher is a white woman, you know, it's just really getting thrown under the rug and that's honestly how I feel," Ford stated.

In response to Ford's claims, Jeff Goldammer with the Economic Security Corporation told us in part:

"...We have thoroughly investigated the claim and found no basis to support the allegation. In addition, representatives from the Family Support Division, MO Child Care Licensing Division and officers from the Joplin Police Department also conducted an investigation and verbally informed us the claim was unsubstantiated.  We are awaiting the official written report. The safety of each child in our care is our first and most important priority."

Captain Trevor Duncan with the Joplin Police Department explains what parents should do if they suspect that their child is being abused.

"Anytime you're concerned about a safety issue with your kids, or some kind of abuse, that's number one priority to get the kid out of the situation, and contact us and don't take it past that. Don't ask leading questions. Don't tell them what to say. Don't get them into a situation where it's going to hamper the case down the road," said Duncan.

But for Ford, the peace of mind she used to have is gone.

"It's a wonderful program, don't get me wrong. But the thing is if something happens to my child and he comes home and he's telling me a teacher has hit him, how many other kids has she hit," asked Ford.

Ford told us that she has hired a lawyer to look into the investigation.

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