Two women filed lawsuits Friday claiming their daughters were sexually abused by another girl at a west suburban daycare facility last summer.
Nafari Willis and Sharon McGee each filed a suit in Cook County Circuit Court against KinderCare Learning Centers LLC, claiming that both of their daughters were inappropriately touched by another girl on on July 9, 2013 at a Lombard daycare.
The girl, who was also attending daycare at KinderCare, “assaulted, battered and sexually touched” the victims, according to the nearly-identical suits.
The suits claim KinderCare failed to notify parents after the incident to let them know their daughters had been abused or that representatives from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services had spoken to them about the abuse.
KinderCare also failed to terminate the girl’s status as a daycare attendee after the incident, the suits claim.
Both victims suffered personal injuries and emotional distress, including post-traumatic stress disorder, as a result of the abuse, according to the suits.
The two-count suits charge KinderCare with negligence and violating the Gender Violence Act for allowing the girl to be alone with other children and failing to prevent the abuse.
Each suit is seeking more than $50,000 in damages, in addition to interest and court costs.
A representative for KinderCare could not immediately be reached for comment on the suits Friday evening.