The management of a nursery in Beijing, China, is accused of secretly injecting toddlers with unknown chemicals and giving them unidentified pills.
Local authorities have launched an investigation into the issue. The childcare center is part of the RYB Education chain. The firm issued apologies for the incident, but that won’t stop authorities from checking all nurseries in the city.
The news comes just weeks after a nursery in Shanghai was accused of abusing children. The Beijing nursery, is located in an upscale district, is accused of performing shots on toddlers with unknown substances.
Several parents confirmed they found needle marks on their kids. Some of the toddlers were given either a mystery syrup or unidentified pills before having the afternoon nap.
One concerned father told the local TV that his kid told him he had been given a couple of white pills after lunch every day. Other parents are concerned their children could have been sexually abused as some of them were asked to remain naked.
Beijing Nursery Under Scrutiny
On Thursday, parents were protesting outside the facility. Some are concerned the injections were used to coerce the kids. Children who failed to follow orders were reportedly locked in a dark room, naked.
Investigators are reviewing CCTV footage from the nursery. At least three caretakers were suspended.
According to a statement from the RYB Education, the chain is cooperating with local police on the matter.
We deeply apologize for this matter which has brought severe disquiet to parents and society!,
the company, which is one of the country’s most prominent childhood education providers, said.
The latest case adds to the growing concern about human rights abuses in China’s childcare centers.
In 2016, four workers from another RYB nursery were convicted for child abuse. One toddler had around 50 needle marks on his body.
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