A US mum was “speechless” when she picked her 17-month-old daughter up from childcare last week and found her feet tightly bound with masking tape in an apparent effort to keep her shoes on her feet.
The tape left the little girl’s ankles swollen, with red marks and bruises.
In a Facebook post, Jessica Hayes said she was “upset” because “someone was clearly upset that she was learning take her shoes off and [has] done it out of being aggravated”.
The North Carolina mum said as soon as she saw the toddler’s feet she reported it to the director of Pleasant Hill Daycare, who was “just as speechless as I was”.
However, it was only when she tried to take the tape off that she realised just how uncomfortable her daughter was.
"I then went to take the tape off and my daughter was crying as this was obviously uncomfortable to her," Jessica said.
"This was left on long enough and tight enough to leave marks, cause swelling, and bruise."