Daytona Beach day care owner faces child abuse charge after baby found with brain bleed, police say

Jennifer L. Lafland, 43, arrested Thursday

A Daytona Beach day care owner was arrested after a boy was found with a brain bleed hours after being in her care, according to the police department.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A Daytona Beach day care owner was arrested after a 6-month-old baby was found with a brain bleed hours after being in her care, according to the police department.

Jennifer L. Lafland, 43, was arrested Thursday at the day care she owns—“Lafland Family Daycare”—which is operated out of her home.

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According to a charging affidavit, the baby’s mother told police she was told by Lafland her child was sitting on the floor when another child fell on him on March 7. The baby fell backward and hit his head on the wood-like tile floor, the affidavit said.

Police reported the mother told officers Lafland said the baby did not lose consciousness and was not vomiting. However, the mother said when she picked the baby up from the day care, he was sleeping and it was hard to wake him up, the affidavit said. She also tried to feed him but he vomited, prompting her to take him to the emergency room, records show.

The affidavit said a CT scan in the ER showed blood in the brain, so the baby was transferred to AdventHealth in Orlando.

Detectives determined medical examinations and the extent of the baby’s injuries did not line up with what Lafland said happened and she “would have had the strength or means to cause the severity in injuries,” the affidavit said.

Records show Lafland’s operation license is valid through August 2022.

Lafland faces a charge of aggravated child abuse. She was booked on a $150,000 bond.


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