PD: Phoenix home daycare worker charged for child abuse

PHOENIX - A Phoenix home daycare worker was charged with child abuse last week.

Court paperwork shows that child abuse charges were filed Friday against 35-year-old Jaqueline Cantor, who operates a home daycare near 36th Street and Baseline Road. 

In November of 2017, the mother of a one-year-old girl found scratches under her daughter's eyes. Cantor reportedly told the woman that the child scratched herself. 

However, the mother also noticed bruising in her daughter's pelvic area. 

In February of this year, another mother saw bruising in the genital area of her 2-year-old son, who was also in Cantor’s care. 

Cantor denied inflicting the injury but agreed to a polygraph. Under polygraph, she allegedly admitted to squeezing the boy’s genitals. 

She reportedly told police that she became upset when the boy urinated on the bathroom floor. 

In both cases, Cantor, who also admitted to being in the U.S. illegally, has been charged with child abuse.

If you suspect a child is being abused, the Arizona Department of Child Services has resources available to report the issue to a social worker. You can call the Arizona Child Abuse Hotline at 1-888-SOS-CHILD (1-888-767-2445), and will be asked for information about the child, as well as the nature of your concerns. You can also get more information from DCS about reporting abuse or neglect online.

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