On Wednesday, David Saladin, of Hudson Falls, was indicted on three counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
The Warren County man stands accused of harming young children while working at a Queensbury daycare facility. He is said to have been fired after his arrest.
But, this week, there was one other arrest involving allegations of abuse at another area daycare.
Monday, in Rutland, Vt., daycare provider Stacey Vaillencourt was charged with Manslaughter after an infant in her care died. Police say toxicology results found that baby Harper Rose Briar had ingested high concentrations of the antihistamine found in over the counter medications like Benadryl.
Vaillencourt’s facility was certified. The NYS Office of Children and Family Services website shows that Willow’s Bend, the Queensbury in-home daycare facility where Saladin once worked, is also licensed.
Abbe Kovacik, Executive Director of the Capital District Child Care Council, says these kind of cases are rare and there are many ways for parents to research facilities.
She says they can first contact her office “to talk to a referral counselor here who will help them to decide some of their expectations and goals.”
She adds that parents can also visit the New York State Office of Children and Family website to check out a facility’s history, including inspections and any violations.
She also suggests:
1) Speaking directly with the center’s director or provider; ask them about things like teacher training.
2) Talk to other families who have used the daycare before.
3) Make unannounced visits. But, Kovacik suggests that you might want to avoid being seen by your child, if there’s any chance they could get upset when they see you leaving without them.
4) If you ever sense or see signs of abuse or neglect, always report it.