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      Mother claims pencil was used to injure daughter TMs private parts

      A mother claims a female student assaulted her 3-year-old daughter with a pencil at the Harlingen Head Start Center.

      Action 4 News took those allegations to program directors.

      The mother said her daughter has endured pain and suffering since the alleged incident in January. She said she suffers frequent urinary infections and is afraid of going to the restroom, but Head Start officials said camera's are rolling at all times and the allegations are simply not true.

      Elizabeth enrolled her daughter in the Ninos Head Start Program in Harlingen in August.

      She said everything had been going great until Jan 30 when Elizabeth picked up her daughter from the center.

      She said she noticed something was clearly wrong with her daughter.

      A simple trip to the restroom, she claims became an outcry and Elizabeth noticed light blood on the tissue paper.

      She started crying and said that a little girl stuck a pencil in her private area in the girls restroom at Head Start, Elizabeth said. And a little piece of red cuerito came out of her vagina"

      Elizabeth was shocked at what she saw and the worst came to mind.

      "I thought someone had intended raping her, Elizabeth said.

      Even if her daughter was just 3-years-old at the time of the alleged incident, Elizabeth said she wouldn't lie and firmly believes Ninos Head Start officials are to blame for lack of supervision.

      She claims nothing has been done to address the issue.

      Ninos Head Start Human Resources Director Joey Carrizales said they have strict policies in place for care givers which require toddlers to have adult supervision when they go to the restroom.

      Carrizalez said there was an investigation by Child Care Licensing of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

      "On Feb 8, their investigation was concluded, Carrizalez said. Their investigation was concluded it was determined by them that there was no abuse at all whatsoever.

      Carrizalez also said there was never any evidence to support Elizabeth's daughter's claims.

      "We have our video cameras that are in place at the Harlingen Head Start Center and which were viewed and taken into consideration by both licensing and ourselves in making a final determination," Carrizalez said.

      Action 4 News looked up the facilities compliance history with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

      The center was cited for this incident for failure to report suspected child abuse, neglect or exploitation.

      However, this citation does not indicate that there was any child abuse actually found at the center.

      Elizabeth's daughter is no longer enrolled at this Head Start, although an older daughter continues there.

      According to Elizabeth, her older daughter is still enrolled at the Nio's Headstart program at the Filmore facility in Harlingen because it TMs part of her dual enrollment program with a local elementary.

      She told Action 4 News that she tried to withdraw her oldest daughter from Headstart after the alleged incident with her then 3-year-old daughter, but was told it would affect her enrollment at the public school.