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Thu., March 26, 2009, 3:10 p.m.

Young mother shares chilling story

A young mother from Twin Falls just shared a chilling story with the House Health & Welfare Committee. She interviewed an array of day-care operators before picking the one who seemed just right for her 5-month-old daughter, for summer day-care. The woman watched between four and eight children at her home. She sounded great - but the mom, Brandi Whaley, didn't know the woman was a convicted embezzler. When Whaley's daughter turned up with a startling red spot in her eye, the provider had an explanation. Same for additional injuries on other days. Then the baby had such severe injuries, including a bloody hemorrhage in her eye and bruises on her back, that she had to be hospitalized, where it was determined that she'd been violently shaken.

"I believed and trusted her," Whaley said of the provider, passing around pictures of her injured baby. "Although the day care provider was charged with felony injury to a child ... she is still able to watch children if she wants to. ... I would not want another family to have to go through what we did."

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