Mansfield, Texas - A Tarrant County family is suing Everley Rose Infant and Toddler Learning Center over its hiring practices and saftey protocols after an employee allegedly stabbed their 3 year-old son with a ballpoint pen.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in Tarrant County district court, claims the daycare does not have policies in place to protect children from staff mistreatment.
The parents, Aaron and Carlie Walker, are seeking $1 million in damages, alleging that their son did not want to return to school and has suffered post-traumatic stress after the alleged incident.
The accused employee, Caitlin Luttman, was arrested by Mansfield Police in April and charged with injury to a child and reckless bodily injury. She was subsequently indicted on Sept. 15 in the ongoing criminal case.
The family’s case claims the daycare hired Luttman “despite her not meeting necessary requirements” and without conducting a “reasonable background investigation.”
The attorney representing the learning center described the accusations and the lawsuit’s use of the word “stabbing” as “incredibly overblown.”