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Knightdale daycare worker accused of fracturing 6-month-old’s leg, police say

Kimberly Boykin
Kimberly Boykin CCBI

Police have charged a Knightdale daycare worker with felony negligent child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury after they say she fractured a 6-month-old child’s leg.

Kimberly Sugg Boykin, 51, of Nash County, worked at the Widewaters Learning Center, according to the Knightdale Police Department.

The incident occurred April 23, according to the Raleigh and Wake County City-County Bureau of Identification.

A mother told police her child was not acting normally after daycare. A medical evaluation revealed the child had suffered a fractured femur, or thigh bone, according to a press release from Knightdale police.

An investigation that included the police, Child Protective Services, the Safe Child Advocacy Center and the Wake County District Attorney’s Office led to Boykin’s arrest, according to the release.

The day the baby’s leg broke coincided with the day the N.C. Division of Child Development and Early Education made an unannounced visit to the facility. Unannounced visits are made for annual inspections or in response to complaints.

The report from the visit said that 3- and 4-year-old children at Widewaters “were placed in the bathroom to ‘think’ or to ‘have a seat’ and be spoken to.”

The report also stated that a staff member had threatened a child, saying, “Do you want me to pop you out with a ruler” and had shown the child a ruler.

The violations were “confirmed corrected by letter from provider” April 30, according to the report.

Widewaters director Jeniffer Cue said in an emailed statement to The News & Observer: “Widewaters Learning Center cares deeply about the safety of our children, and we are committed to maintaining the highest standards for our employees. We are actively investigating this situation involving a former employee, and we will continue to cooperate with the relevant authorities.”

Boykin was detained in Wake County jail, and then released after posting $50,000 bail.

Ashad Hajela reports on public safety for The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun. He studied journalism at New York University.
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