A mum is furious after a childcare worker was caught on camera breastfeeding her three-month-old son without her permission.
Pre-school teacher Kaycee Oxendin is desperate to see the woman arrested after CCTV revealed she ignored her instructions not to breastfeed her baby.
The disgusted mum recorded a video from the security footage that showed a woman adjusting her top and bringing the baby to her chest to breastfeed him at Carrboro Early School in North Carolina.
When another woman working in the nursery that day asked her if she could breastfeed the boy to see whether it would help, she told her no, twice.
“She said that she had a son and did I want her to put my child to her breast and breastfeed?” Kaycee said.
“And I said no, that’s nasty. We don’t do things like that.”
But Kaycee says the worker ignored her refusal and breastfed the baby as soon as she left the room.
She says a video shows the worker picking up her baby and breastfeeding him for several seconds.
The woman stopped when another worker who was in the room at the time, left.
“As a mum, you’ve taken something from me, because I wasn’t able to defend my child,” Kaycee says.
Later that night, Kaycee says she had to take her baby to hospital because he was throwing up. She says her son, who was born prematurely, is lactose intolerant.
“To me, a criminal act was committed against him,” she said. “Not only did you put your breast to my son, you also made my son sick because he’s lactose. So you’ve put something in his body that his body can’t digest.”
The daycare director, Daron Council, told sister station ABC11 that an employee reported what happened and that the worker who did the breastfeeding is no longer there.
He said she was licensed, and had been working in childcare for more than a decade.
Kaycee wants her to face criminal charges.
Council said nothing like this had ever happened in one of the facilities. He said as soon as he found out what happened Friday, he reported it to DHHS and informed parents of the children who were under the woman’s care that day.
“I’m not angry at the childcare centre. I’m very angry at the employee. I do hope that there’s justice for my son.”
Carrboro police said they were investigating the incident as misdemeanor child abuse. So far, no charges have been filed.