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Signs of Daycare Abuse and Assault in New Mexico

Many parents rely on daycares to provide safe and nurturing environments for their children while they’re at work. Unfortunately, daycares are not always what they seem to be, and children can become tragic victims of sexual abuse, which can impact them for the rest of their lives.

If you or your loved one has been a victim of daycare sexual abuse, a New Mexico daycare abuse lawyer can help you through this difficult time. We understand the devastating impact these circumstances can have on your life, which is why our team at Carabin Shaw promises to go above and beyond for our clients. With over thirty years of experience as a law firm, we know what it takes to build a successful case and hold the liable party accountable for their actions.

Signs of Daycare Sexual Abuse

When children are left in the hands of daycare workers, parents need to monitor for signs of abuse. You may think that if your child were abused they would tell you, but many children may be unaware of or unable to articulate the abuse that’s happening to them. Any sign of physical abuse or abnormal change in behavior should be investigated.

The following are some of the most common signs of daycare abuse and assault:

  • Avoidant behavior when it comes to the daycare or a specific employee
  • Difficulty sitting
  • Soreness or redness in the genital area
  • Age-inappropriate sexual knowledge
  • Continually talking about a “new older friend”
  • Coming home with excessive gifts
  • Wanting more physical affection than usual

These are only a few of the many signs of sexual abuse at a daycare. If you believe your child was sexually abused, talk to our New Mexico child injury lawyers about your options.

What to Do if You Believe Your Child Was Sexually Abused at Daycare

After noticing signs that your child has suffered sexual abuse at daycare, you may not immediately know what to do. Many parents may want to confront the abuser, but that’s never your best option.

From our experience as attorneys, you should follow these steps to maximize the potential justice for your child after daycare sexual abuse:

Get Help for Your Child

Your first step should be to bring your child to their pediatrician. They can evaluate your child’s health and any physical signs of abuse that you’ve noticed. Not only will your child’s doctor ensure your child’s well-being, but they’ll document their findings in your child’s medical record, which will be a critical piece of evidence when building your case.

Contact the Proper Authorities

As soon as you can, contact the police and file a formal complaint. They will begin working in tandem with child protective services (CPS) to investigate the case. After a thorough examination of the evidence, the district attorney will press charges if there’s enough to move forward with a case.

File a Civil Lawsuit With the Help of a Lawyer

After the criminal proceedings, you and your New Mexico child injury lawyers can fight to recover damages in a civil suit. Even if the perpetrator wasn’t convicted in a criminal case, you can still win a civil case because the burden of proof is much lower.

A lawyer can answer any questions you have about the steps to take after your child suffers sexual abuse in a daycare.

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Sexual abuse in daycare is an appalling act that should not go unpunished. Perpetrators should be held accountable in both criminal and civil court. With the experienced New Mexico attorneys at Carabin Shaw by your side, you can feel at ease that your case is being handled by the best legal professionals in the business. We always do what’s best for our clients, which is why we’ve been named a top 10 law firm in client satisfaction.

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