A distraught mother, Omolabake Morebise, has accused a Lagos-based private school, New Promiseland School, located at No. 6 Ajegunle Street, Ilupeju, Palmgrove, of negligence following the fracture suffered by her eight-month-old baby on his leg.
According to Morebise, her son, Adeogo-ola, who was hale and hearty when she dropped him off in the school’s crèche on Monday, January 14, 2019, was looking cranky when she came to pick him up in the evening.
The 34-year-old mother told PUNCH Metro that when she inquired from the crèche’s caretaker what happened to her son, she was told that nothing happened to him except that he cried all day.
According to her, the claim of the crèche caretaker shocked her as Adeogo-ola does not usually cry except when he is hungry.
Morebise stated, “When I got to the crèche around 5.50pm, I noticed that my son was unnecessarily quiet and calm; I was wondering what could have caused his calmness and when I asked the caretaker of the crèche what happened to him, I was told that he had been crying all day but that he ate his food.
“I carried him and went to the headmistress but she told me the same story; so, when I got home, I told my neighbour who referred me to the crèche that I didn’t know what was done to my son there but she told me not to worry that maybe it was because it was his first day in the crèche.
“The next morning while I was bathing him, I saw a bite mark on his shoulder but around 2pm, one of my neighbours’ advised that I should take him to the hospital for check-up to know why he had been crying, and I immediately went to the hospital.”
The Ondo State indigene added that at the hospital, her son was referred to a radiologist for a scan and the result showed that his right leg had been fractured.
She added that when she called the school management to inform them, nobody had any explanation to give her.
“I took him for the X-ray and waited for about one and half hours for the result, and when it came out, it showed that his right leg had been fractured and I took the result back to the hospital,” she said.
When our correspondent contacted the headmistress of the school, Mrs Kemi Dare, she claimed that the institution was not responsible for the fracture.
She, however, invited Adeogo-ola’s mother to come to the school so that the matter could be sorted out.
Dare said, “The boy just resumed in the crèche and immediately the mother brought him, he was crying and he cried throughout the day, and when the mother came in the evening, I told her that the boy had been crying since morning that maybe it was because it was his first day in the crèche.
“The following day, when we didn’t see the boy, I called his mother to ask her why he wasn’t in the crèche but she did not pick my calls until 3pm when she called me to ask what fell on her child’s leg and I told her that nothing fell on the boy’s leg. The fracture did not happen in the crèche, she should check very well because the boy had been somewhere else before she brought him to us that day.
“I have also been making attempts to ask after the child’s welfare, but she has not been picking my calls; let her come to the school and we will sort it out.”