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Jasper Co. Sheriff's Office, DSS investigating Hardeeville daycare

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The parents of Mckenzie Wright are pressing charges against the Touched By An Angel Daycare after their daughter sustained facial bruises and swelling. The parents of Mckenzie Wright are pressing charges against the Touched By An Angel Daycare after their daughter sustained facial bruises and swelling.
HARDEEVILLE, SC (WTOC) -

The Jasper County Sheriff's Office and The South Carolina Department of Social Services are investigating a Hardeeville daycare.

The parents of 13-week old Mckenzie Wright said when they picked their daughter up from Touched By An Angel Daycare on May 30, she had a swollen lip, swollen nose, and bruised cheeks.

According to the director of the daycare, a toy fell on the baby's face. Her parents don't believe that's what happened.

"When I saw my baby I was devastated," said Sharena Wright, Mackenzie's mother. "I find it hard to believe that a toy fell off a ledge and did all that to her face with one hit."

That's what the director said happened, and she even got an employee to corroborate her story. But, that same employee is now saying she lied.

"I wasn't there," said the employee, who asked us not to identify her. "I don't  really know what happened to the baby. I don't know if the toy hit the baby or not, because i wasn't there."

When asked if they lied because the director threatened her job, the employee said, "No, but she came up with the story so we went with it."

Mackenzie's parents questioned the director's story from the very beginning because of the extent of her bruises.

The director said Wright's face was not bruised when she left the daycare. She said she took a picture of Mackenzie after the incident, but she wouldn't show us the picture.

We tried to contact the director to ask her about the employee who admitted to lying, but none of our calls were returned.

According to the original police report, Sharena Wright and Michael Wright didn't want to press charges, because they believed the incident was an accident, but, they're pressing charges now to get the truth and to protect other children.

"After looking  back at it and thinking about it, the daycare wasn't fully prepared to take care of all the kids, and they need to do a better job of actually staffing," Michael Wright said. "They just need to do a better job, because, like we said, that shouldn't happen again. That should never happen to anybody's child, especially a 13-week-old baby."

The director said she's taken steps to make sure another child doesn't get hurt again.

The Jasper County Sheriff's Office and DSS are investigating, and they wouldn't speak specifically about the investigation.

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