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State investigates claims toddlers’ eyebrows were waxed

A Tri-Cities mom posted this photo of what her daughter looked like Thursday morning and then what she looked like after daycare. She is accusing the daycare of waxing her daughter’s eyebrows.
A Tri-Cities mom posted this photo of what her daughter looked like Thursday morning and then what she looked like after daycare. She is accusing the daycare of waxing her daughter’s eyebrows.

The state and the Boys & Girls Club of Benton and Franklin Counties are investigating claims a toddler’s eyebrows were waxed while in daycare.

Alyssa Salgado, 19, said she dropped her 2-year-old daughter off Thursday morning at the daycare operated by the club in Pasco.

When she picked the child up later, a patch of skin between the child’s eyebrows was red and it appeared eyebrow hairs were removed.

Salgado’s Facebook post about her daughter has been shared more than 17,000 times and received hundreds of comments.

“The Boys and Girls Club takes these allegations seriously and will work to support the investigation process,” the nonprofit said in a statement released Monday.

The organization said it is “committed to operating safe and supportive programs,” and “has been recognized for providing quality programs serving youth of all ages.”

The daycare operates in space on the Columbia Basin College campus that is rented by the Pasco School District for its New Horizons High School students.

About 270 students attend the alternative high school that moved into a renovated building on campus this school year.

Another student, Glenda Maria Cruz, also posted on Facebook that her son looked like he had his eyebrows waxed at the same center on the same day.

Officials with the Boys & Girls Club and the Washington Department of Early Learning confirmed Monday they are investigating the allegations.

Executive Director Brian Ace, with the Boys & Girls Club, did not provide any more details about the investigation.

The Department of Early Learning said no valid complaints were filed against the daycare, licensed under the name Boys and Girls Club New Horizons Nursery, since it’s most current license was issued 2012.

Frank Ordway, the department’s assistant director, wasn’t able to talk about the investigation, but said the complaint is unusual.

The agency’s local office will normally handle investigations where children are not in danger. Child Protective Services would handle cases where a child faces dangerous conditions.

Normally investigations by the department take one to two months, he said.

Salgado said she has not returned to classes because she does not have other childcare.

“I just want them to figure out who did this to my daughter,” she said. “I don’t feel comfortable leaving my children there.”

Cameron Probert: 509-582-1402, @cameroncprobert

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