Video draws ire following investigation into Ocilla daycare

A surveillance video of the incident has created outrage online.
Published: Jan. 30, 2023 at 6:22 PM EST
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OCILLA, Ga. (WALB) - The owner of an Irwin County daycare is defending his daughter, who is accused of abusing a child at the Play to Learn daycare in Ocilla.

Video recorded by the daycare is being interpreted differently by the business and by the mother of a newborn whose child was under her care.

The surveillance video has created online outrage in Irwin County. According to the incident report, the mother of the child believes her baby was hit in the face.

Allen Taylor, the owner, wouldn’t comment on the video, but he said his business has always been transparent.

“That’s why we have the cameras, in all the rooms. Any parent who wants to see our video can come into the office and see,” Taylor said.

The daycare owner also posted something online that has since been deleted. The post said in part: “We feel the cctv footage will prove that Ashley is innocent. Ashley Taylor has been suspended and is not allowed on property pending the outcome of the investigation.”

The owner said his daughter loves children and plans to graduate this December with her associate’s degree in childcare development. He said he and his daughter have both been threatened online, and he hopes people will just let investigators do their jobs.

WALB News 10 reached out to the mother of the child to see if the baby was harmed and to see what she plans to do next but hasn’t heard back.

Though we were not able to make direct contact with the family, the family’s attorney sent WALB this statement on their behalf on Monday night:

This case is still under investigation.