Court quotes describe incidents involving Omaha daycare owners and employees

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Omaha police on Saturday provided documents listing quotes against the owner and staff of the Rosewood Academy daycare center, which has been closed since last month at one of their locations COVID-19 outbreak has been reported.

Rosewood Academy owner Carl Hansen has been charged with child abuse through neglect without serious injury, according to a report filed in Douglas County Court on Thursday. The quote says that “Hansen was seen yelling at the children who all ran away,” but one child froze and Hansen is said to have grabbed that child by the wrist.

The first March 25 OPD report listing the January 29 incident was submitted to police by the Department of Health and Human Services in Nebraska. That report said the detective discovered that Hansen, who worked at the Rosewood location at 5225 N. 158th St., “tore” the 2-year-old’s wrist and dropped the child.

Hansen then grabbed the child by the foot or ankle and “pulled” it back to him. Then he picked up the child by the upper arm and “left a red mark” which, according to the court, was observed by a teacher at the day care center. Quote signed by Hansen. A witness also told the detective that the child tried to bite Hansen to get away from him and that Hansen heard screaming, “I’m not going to do this to you again.”

Another OPD report dated March 31, 2020 describes a December 16, 2020 incident involving Sage Bartow, a daycare worker.

The report says that a parent of a child who was not quite 2 years old at the time reported to the police that an employee at the Rosewood site at 3830 N. 176th St. had “pulled the child’s feet out from under her,” which caused her to fall backwards and hit her head on the floor. “The parents informed the police that they had been made aware by another parent that the matter had been reported to the DHHS.

A detective filed a report on the matter on Friday April 2, and the Douglas County Court issued a quote on Thursday April 8 for Bartow, now 22, for child abuse through neglect without serious injury.

According to the quote signed by Bartow, investigators found that Bartow “grew impatient with the children and tried to get them all seated” and that the child involved in the complaint “did not listen to Bartow.” A witness saw Bartow grab the child by both legs, pull him out from under the child and drop the child on the floor and back, and then hit his head on the wooden floor, the court document says.

“The Witness State (the child) cried afterwards … every now and then for the next hour while it was afraid of Bartow,” the document reads.

Authorities spoke to Bartow, who said that she pulled her legs out from under the child while holding onto the child’s back and that the child never hit the head. She said she attributed the child’s crying to the struggle to have a new baby at home. However, authorities later found that the baby had not yet been born at the time of the incident, according to the quote.

She also said management gave her coaching following a CPS investigation in December, the document says.

The report of the incident with 23-year-old Summer Dawson reveals that DHHS also initiated this investigation, informing OPD on Tuesday April 6th that they had received a call to their hotline that the worker – also at 158th Street in Rosewood – a 3-year-old dropped next to a concrete wall, causing the child to hit his head on it.

According to the Douglas County Court quote, also for child molestation through neglect without serious injury, the incident occurred on November 1st. According to the investigating detective, a former deputy director of the daycare center said they saw a video of the incident and the daycare worker tried to put a name tag on the child who did not cooperate and that “Dawson (the child) roughly placed on her place and partially dropping her into a sitting position, ”which resulted in the child hitting the head on the concrete wall.

Court documents signed by Dawson state that she admitted to the detective that she was “rough” with the situation by “throwing it against the wall” and reminding the child that there was a “big bump” on the child Hinterkopf has developed.

The parents were informed on Friday that the daycare would remain closed.

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