WASHINGTON - “She can't talk. She can't say, ‘Mommy I'm hurt.’ She can't say, ‘Mommy, something is wrong with me.’”
For months, Tyree Glover-Knott had a feeling something wasn’t right.
“She came home with a busted lip,” Glover-Knott said.
Her daughter Tyliah is four years old. She suffers from autism and epilepsy, and her most recent seizure in September was a red flag for her mother. Glover-Knott said she was told by the staff at H. Winship Wheatley Early Childhood Center that Tyliah had “a little fall.” The girl’s mother said when she asked if it was documented, they told her it wasn’t.
Only minutes after being picked up from H. Winship Wheatley Early Childhood Center, Tyliah turned blue in the face and began to have convulsions. Weeks later, the young girl would come home with cuts on her lips.
When her mother confronted the teacher and teacher's aide, there was allegedly another misstep.
“She said, ‘Come here, come here’ and she kissed Tyliah on her nose and then she kissed her in her mouth,” Glover-Knott described. “And she said, ‘See, I'm like an auntie.’ I said, ‘No,’ and my husband grabbed Tyliah away.”
Then a scratch on Tyliah's face turned into a bulge.
“I said, ‘Do you see this scratch? And she said, ‘Oh, a little boy hit her on the side with the block,’ and she was like do you want me to document it?” said Glover-Knott.
For Tyliah's mother, this has been the biggest issue. She said there has been no paper trail until Monday. She said she received a call from Child Protective Services after a report was made by an anonymous witness.
“The worst that she said was she made contact with Tyliah’s face,” her mother said.
On the day after, there was another complaint from the same witness.
“The lady took Tyliah and shoved her in the chair to make her sit down, then threw her on the floor and put a blanket on top of her head,” said Glover-Knott. “So the person that witnessed it went and looked at Tyliah, pulled the blanket off of her to see if she was breathing.”
That was the last straw. Glover-Knott pulled her daughter out of school and changed a routine that is imperative for her child's well-being – for fear of what could happen next.
“I feel like I failed my daughter because I should have did something right away,” Tyliah’s mother said. “I feel like I should have just taken her out when I first saw something, but I gave them the benefit of the doubt. I feel like I let her down. I feel like I put her in the hands of monsters. Other parents need to know this. Just because I took my daughter out of the school or you move her class, it doesn’t mean that these people have stopped what they are doing.”
We reached out to Prince George's County Public Schools and they would only confirm that Child Protective Services is investigating.
Throughout the day, FOX 5 asked the school district multiple times if school staff has been placed on leave or disciplined as a result of the investigation. But the school system did not have an answer as of Tuesday night.