Air Force informs families that dozens of their children have been abused at on-base daycare

A service member drops her child off at daycare June 30, 2021, at the Child Development Center at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Phyllis Jimenez)

Approximately 37 children have reportedly been abused at several US Air Force Base daycare centers in Utah, prompting an investigation.

The investigations are centered around the daycare centers located at Hill Air Force Base, in which it has been reported that several dozen children suffered abuse at the hands of their taxpayer-funded caretakers.

While federal agents are investigating 12 staff members, it is unknown exactly how many are actually reported to be involved.

According to Fox 13, at least one agent from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and Hill’s base commander, Col. Jeffrey G. Holland, provided the briefing to families.

“This is an open and ongoing investigation at this time,” the statement, prepared by Hill AFB’s Public Affairs read. “The [75th Air Base Wing] Command is fully aware of these serious allegations and is fully supporting this ongoing investigation, as well as reviewing current processes to ensure the appropriate measures are in place to safeguard our children.”

“When we became aware of these allegations, we immediately removed the involved caregivers from the classroom and notified the parents of affected children,” the statement continued. “Properly caring for our Airmen and their families is of utmost importance to all of us here at Team Hill. Our Child Development Centers exist to provide children with a safe learning environment.”

Child Development Center [CDC] East and West were involved in the abuse scandal.

Some of the abuse, from harsh treatment to downright negligence, was captured on video, and depicted children being forcibly slammed onto cots and mishandled.

One parent was told that his child had hit his head but was not briefed on what to do or if a traumatic brain injury had occurred.

Many frustrated parents are currently rallying to have Hill Air Force Base subsidized off-base child care, in light of the scandal.

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