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Mother says school covering up injury to disabled child

A six-year old girl with developmental disabilities comes home from school with a broken leg. Now the Benton Police Department is investigating to find out what happened to the child. Her mother speaks out to FOX16 News because she says her little girl can't.
BENTON, AR - A six-year old girl with developmental disabilities comes home from school with a broken leg. Now the Benton Police Department is investigating to find out what happened to the child. Her mother speaks out to FOX16 News because she says her little girl can't.

Janiya Carter is happiest playing with her toys but the 6-year old is not in school now, instead recovering at home from a broken leg.

Her mother Miranda McBride says she took cell phone video moments after Janiya got off her bus from Caldwell Elementary in Benton on April 19th.

"The way she was crying, that's a cry she doesn't normally cry," McBride says.

Janiya, non-verbal with developmental disabilities, including cerebral palsy and epilepsy had a fractured femur.

“I will not let this go undealt with," McBride says.

Mcbride says Janiya was happy-go lucky when she got on the bus the day in question.

She believes something went wrong with her kindergartener on campus. But how it happened, she can only guess.

"It looks like she took a hard fall,” McBride says. “What I'm thinking is maybe they were trying to put her on a lift that's in the cafeteria in the school. Maybe someone forgot to lock her chair and she fell off of it."

The Benton Police Department says it's investigating Janiya's incident.

Dan Jordan, interim superintendent of Benton Schools tells FOX16 News it’s a serious accusation.

"There is an internal investigation underway which started as soon as Miranda McBride told us about her daughter's injury. We hope to know more soon," Jordan said in a statement Monday.

"This is hard to sit here and be calm and to know that the person who did this is still at school, working," McBride says.

McBride says she won't stop fighting to find out what happened.

The Department of Human Services won't comment on whether it has an on-going investigation or not.

Mcbride says x-rays revealed her daughter broke her leg the day she went to the emergency room at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

The Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division also will not confirm or deny an investigation is on-going.
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