Daycare Center Forces Toddler To Drink Hot Sauce As Form Of Punishment

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Parents place a lot of trust in the people who look after their children on a daily basis, even more so when a child has special needs. Although these carers may be complete strangers, they would be expected to properly look after the children in their care.

This is what one Mom, Melaina Whitley, expected from Friendship Pediatric Services Daycare Center for children with special needs, where she sends her son for speech therapy.


After unsuspectedly receiving a call from the Daycare informing her that Tanner needed to be picked up early because he was vomiting, she realized something was not right when her son mentioned the words “hot sauce”.

Whitley said: “When he said hot sauce, I thought maybe pop tarts, and I was like, ‘Hot sauce?’ Because I didn’t know he knew the word hot sauce, so I know she had to have told him, ‘I’m giving you hot sauce’”

Whitley decided to confront the teacher about the issue and also reported the incident to the police. She later found out that the teacher admitted to making kids drink hot sauce as a form of punishment.

Whitley said “I know when she was like, ‘Let me give you hot sauce,’ he didn’t just say, ‘Okay, cool,’ and open his mouth. It must have been forced because he wasn’t just like, ‘Here give me some hot sauce.’ He said he was crying and had to get water and it was nasty. I don’t know if this was the first time or he was the only child.”

This is certainly not the type of treatment any parent would expect from any daycare center, let alone one that looks after kids with special needs.

Rightly so, Whitley is demanding that the teacher is fired for her actions. She said

You just don’t expect that. They’re supposed to be qualified to work with special needs children and they’re supposed know to not give hot sauce”


  1. Heather Bartow

    July 7, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Crappy daycare

  2. Barbara J. Spencer

    July 7, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Who would take their kid to a daycare like that? Shut them down, they know nothing about child care!

  3. Joanna Crespo

    July 7, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Sharon Diaz Harvey

  4. Jenny Beary

    July 7, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Force them to drink a bottle of it for their punishment and then shut em down.

  5. Elizabeth Jaggers-Vessels

    July 7, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Just wow…

  6. Carolyn Acton

    July 7, 2016 at 5:56 pm

  7. Annabelle Berger

    July 7, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Please tell me that the teacher is now in jail

  8. Amy Doan Berthold

    July 7, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Those people would be drinking that if I was that child parents

  9. Michele Porcelli

    July 7, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Jason Porcelli, this is what the 5th story of daycare abuse we’ve seen this week!? NO DAYCARE for my baby!

  10. Karen Zecha

    July 7, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Not the way you treat any child specially someone with special needs to really need an extra hand to help him or her it’s as hell this person treat their own children is so God help them.

  11. Debbie Alexandra

    July 7, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Ivanna Abigail Almendarez Cedeño

  12. Gillian Marcotte

    July 7, 2016 at 11:45 pm


  13. Jen Stanley Vieth

    July 8, 2016 at 2:39 am

    Absolutely no way. I hope charges were filed and this place is shut down. What kind of cruel person would inflict that kind of punishment on a child?

  14. Eva Valdez

    July 8, 2016 at 4:21 am

  15. Patricia Munson

    July 8, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    sound like janet ways she made her daughter drink hot sauce she was a really nut and still see

  16. Lyse Potvin

    July 8, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I agree, pls shout them down, children do not learn by hurting them in anyway especially with a hot sauce, I’m disgusted with this approach!

  17. Jan Stanley

    July 8, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Yikes! Holy hell! How does that match with the “friendship” part of care giving? I hope she’s fired, charges of child endangerment are filed and they have to completely rethink their teacher training! NOT okay!

  18. Joanna

    July 12, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    What is going on in this world.. .now daycare abuse child and make him drink hotsauce??? Are you kidding me. Eye for an eye…hit sauce down there throat would be to kind.

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