“To have been thought about, born in God’s thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest, and most precious thing in all thinking.” – George MacDonald.
When I read this story, it reminded me of another story TWW covered Fourteen Small Children Reportedly Molested at NewSpring Church Even Though Jesus Is Their Lead Pastor. Here is a brief excerpt.
Surveillance video caught a South Carolina church volunteer performing a sex act on a 3-year-old child on Sunday, authorities said.
Jacop Robert Lee Hazlett, 28, a volunteer at NewSpring Church in North Charleston, was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, South Carolina’s WCSC-TV reported. A judge denied bond.
Hazlett was supervising a group of children, ages 3 to 5, in “the Tree House” room, The Post and Courier of Charleston reported.
The volunteer escorted the boy to a restroom in the church and performed oral sex on him before pulling up the 3-year-old’s pants, the station reported, citing the affidavit. The act was caught on a camera positioned outside the bathroom, an investigator said.
The problem was evident immediately. The church had video footage of the children’s area, but had anyone reviewed it? The footage reportedly clearly showed those lovely children being abused. If one of those “important” leaders had taken a minute to look at the videos, they could have prevented much of the abuse.
Journey Church Daycare workers charged with abusing children under two years old.
The Christian Post reported Journey Church day care workers charged with child abuse: ‘Like something out of a horror story’
Chief Assistant District Attorney C.J. Robinson of the 19th Judicial Circuit said the abuse suffered by at least seven children under the age of 2 at the hands of three former workers at a day care run by Journey Church of the River Region in Prattville, Alabama, was “like something out of a horror story.”
The former workers — Alice Sorrells, Leah Livingston and Susan Baker, who previously worked for East Memorial Baptist Church’s day care center before it closed in December — have all been charged with one count each of felony child abuse and failure to report child abuse as a court-mandated reporter.
The Montgomery Advertiser wrote ‘Sickening’: Workers in Prattville church-run day care charged with felony child abuse.
The alleged victims are identified as seven children younger than age two. More charges are expected to be filed and possibly more victims discovered, he said. He said there could be as many as 11 victims.
How it was, was not, and should have been discovered.
According to the Elmore-Autauga News:
Questions arose when a potential employee was shadowing other daycare workers and shared concerns of what she saw to church officials. “That person did exactly what you’re supposed to do. If you see something, say something. They were willing to do that. They were brave enough to do that,” Robinson said.
That individual apparently reported this abuse to Journey Church which then called the authorities.
Robinson referred to the investigation being done by the Prattville Police Department. He explained that several weeks ago, authorities were contacted by Journey Church into the possibility of child abuse in the daycare, pertaining to children under two-years-old.
He stressed that staff at Journey Church have been completely cooperative with this investigation. The three suspects were terminated immediately when allegations came to light.
Families with children in the daycare have been contacting the Prattville Police Department with their concerns.
Read this next part very carefully.
Robinson praised Journey Church for having video surveillance in place and encouraged other daycares to do the same.
Let me review the chronology here.
- A potential employee saw the abuse and reported it to Journey Church. (Folks, always remember one should call the police if one views child abuse.)
- Journey Chruch called the police.
- The police responded and were able to confirm the abuse due to video surveillance.
Who was responsible for viewing the videos?
Was the church reviewing the videos daily? I would assume they were not since I’m sure they would have tried to deal with the abuse. Also, the church has a leader in the preschool program, Leann Manning. What was her role? Did she patrol the preschool regularly? Did she review the video at the end of each day?
According to the Montgomery Advertiser:
“Church leaders and management of the day care center have cooperated from the beginning,” Robinson said. “As soon as there were allegations of abuse they contacted Prattville police. They have done everything you would expect to assist in the investigation.”
The children were subjected to physical abuse including striking, shoving and punching, Robinson said.
The abuse was captured on video.
How could such severe abuse evade the oversight of the preschool leader? Were the three women who were arrested skilled at deceiving others? They reportedly had worked together at another daycare which is not being investigated.However, they were not able to conceal it from the video. This leaves me with these questions.