A Washington mother has accused her daughter's daycare of waxing her eyebrows without her permission.
Alyssa Salgado, 19, said she dropped her daughter Lilayiah off at the non-profit daycare at Columbia Basin College (which is run by the Boys & Girls Club) on February 2, only to return and find her with a blotchy, red patch where a portion of her eyebrow hair used to be. She said when she confronted the daycare workers, they refused to take responsibility.
"I immediately started to contact the director of the day care in many texts she tried to come up with multiple excuses then this morning I take my daughter in person to the director," Salgado explained on Facebook. "She laughs in my face telling me a bunch of lies and I do get upset!!!"
"I AM A MOTHER NOTHING LIKE THIS SHOULD EVER HAPPEN AND THEY HAD NO RIGHT TO TOUCH MY DAUGHTER AT ALL," Salgado continued.
"I birthed my daughter and love every little thing about her, and these so-called women took it upon themselves to correct the way my daughter should look," she added.
However, Salgado's daughter wasn't the only child who had their eyebrows waxed.
Glenda Maria Cruz, another mother who also used the daycare's services, has alleged her nearly two-year-old son also had his eyebrows waxed.
"I tried to touch his face. He doesn’t let me touch his face. He says, 'No, No, stop,' and it hurts me because that’s my baby," she told WLTX.
Cruz said when she tried to contact the daycare workers, she was met with the same condescending response as Salgado.
"She started laughing in our faces," Cruz told NBC Right Now. "She said, 'what can I do about it, there's nothing I can do about it,' and I was like, 'well, you guys can have a meeting.'"
In a statement released on February 5, executive director Brian Ace said: "The Boys and Girls Club takes these allegations seriously and will work to support the investigation process."
"The Boys & Girls Club is committed to operating safe and supportive programs to serve the youth of our community, and has been recognized for providing quality programs serving youth of all ages," he added.
The women have since removed their children from the daycare and have made an official police report. Salgado said while she couldn't prevent her daughter from having her eyebrows waxed, she hopes by going public, other children won't have the same fate.
"I can imagine her calling out ‘mommy’ and I wasn’t there to protect her. I failed her," Salgado wrote on Facebook. "But I refuse to let this go unnoticed."
Do you think daycare workers have the authority to wax a child's face?