BRYANT, AR--The graphic video of a daycare dragging in Bryant, AR is now raising new questions among parents and state lawmakers.
BRYANT, AR--The graphic video of a daycare dragging in Bryant, AR is now raising new questions among parents and state lawmakers. The video shows a daycare worker dragging a baby across the room. The worker has since been fired and is now facing charges. But we now know she was arrested prior to getting her job. However, the background check didn't catch it. The reason? The Department of Human Services tells us background checks would catch convictions but arrests can fall through the cracks if the charges are dropped. But some lawmakers are calling for change. "We as lawmakers should absolutely have to look at this issue on what do we flag, because our first priority needs to be protecting those who are the most innocent and weak and defenseless among us and that's those kids," says Republican State Rep. Andy Mayberry. "An arrest by itself maybe shouldn't automatically preclude somebody from holding a position like that, but it needs to be a red flag where you can at least ask more question regarding that issue," says Jennifer Long, Executive Director of the Pulaski County Children's Protection Center. There is no time frame on when or if the legislature might look to make changes when it comes to background checks.
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