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Report finds no evidence child bitten at daycare

TUCSON – The Arizona Department of Health Services says there isn’t enough evidence to prove a woman’s claim that her child was bit more than 25 times while staying at a daycare facility.

“Upon completion of the complaint investigation, it was determined from observation, interview and documentation that the allegation lacked sufficient evidence to be substantiated,” said a report prepared by Department of Health investigators.

The investigation centered around a complaint filed by a Tucson woman earlier this year.

In April, Alice Martin told News 4 Tucson her 15-month-old daughter was bit dozens of times on her back, shoulders and arms while at Creative Beginnings in Tucson.

At the time she also told News 4 Tucson she knew it would be difficult for investigators to prove criminal wrongdoing.

“It’s very hard to prosecute daycares, especially with younger children who can’t talk to tell what happened. So it’s basically just my word against a daycare’s,” said Martin in April.

Reached by phone on Monday, Martin says she has contacted an attorney.

New 4 Tucson contacted Creative Beginnings, they have not yet responded.

While AZDHS investigators weren’t able to prove the complaint at the center of the investigation, officials did issues Creative Beginnings five other citations.

The citations center around having inadequate or inappropriate staff. Records show the issues have since been fixed.

Nick VinZant

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