Nebraska Health and Human Services Closes Down Deb’s Day Care
The state has shut down an Omaha daycare after one of its providers was charged with the sexual assault of a child. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has issued an emergency order closing the daycare located at 8328 Bedford Ave.
On Tuesday, the DHHS received information that William A. Harrison, who was a secondary caregiver for the daycare run by his wife, was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault on a child. According to court documents, Harrison admitted to the assaults, which happened on December 13 and 14, 2018.
The DHHS determined that the perpetrator’s wife and owner of the daycare, Debra A. Harrison, was in violation of the regulations of her child care license because of the assaults.
Emergency orders are issued when the DHHS determines that an emergency is present which requires immediate action in order to protect the safety and wellbeing of children in a childcare program.
Debra Harrison has the option to request a hearing within 15 days of receiving the emergency order.
Justice for Daycare Sex Abuse Victims and Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents sex abuse survivors and their families in civil cases. We’ve asked him to add some thoughts on how families affected by daycare sexual abuse can find justice:
It’s crucial that the owners of daycares and other businesses that involve working with children make sure that the children under their watch are safe. Tragically, sexual predators often seek out positions in these fields so they can commit heinous crimes of sexual abuse against children. Daycare owners must thoroughly vet new applicants to make sure that no predators are allowed in the facility and report any suspected abuse to law enforcement immediately. But sometimes, children are abused in daycares due to the negligence of the daycare owner.
Some examples of reasons a daycare might be considered negligent for sexual abuse include inadequate supervision, failure to run a background check, or failure to report suspected abuse to law enforcement in a timely manner. In cases which involve negligence, the victims and their families may have the option to file a lawsuit.
If you or your child is a survivor of daycare sexual abuse, we want to help your family find justice. To learn more about your legal options, contact one of our experienced sex abuse survivors attorneys for a free consultation.