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Investigation debunks moms' claims that daycare waxed kids' eyebrows

The Washington State Department of Early Learning released its findings on Friday, saying there was no evidence a child had their eyebrows waxed at a Pasco daycare facility. (Photo courtesy: Alyssa Salgado)

PASCO, Wash. - Two mothers' claims that a Pasco daycare waxed their children's eyebrows are unfounded, a state investigation has determined.

The state Department of Early Learning released its findings on Friday, saying there was no evidence a child had their eyebrows waxed at the daycare facility operated by the Boys and Girls Club of Benton and Franklin Counties.

The moms' claims were made in early February.

Frank Ordway, a spokesperson for the Department of Early Learning, says, “At the end of the day, we did not find any evidence that the center had done any eyebrow waxing of young children or mistreated them in anyway.”

The state Department of Social and Health Services also conducted its own investigation and reported the eyebrow waxing claim as unfounded, said DSHS spokesperson Norah West.

The report shared details about the process, including how investigators spoke to Glenda Maria Cruz, one of the women who made the claim, and her sister about the alleged incident, as well as multiple interviews with employees.

One employee reported "that there could not have been a time that a teacher could do something like the waxing without someone hearing a child crying."

Another employee reported staff checking the eyebrows of other children after the alleged incident and said when they spoke with the aunt of one of the children during pick up, they said, "It's fine. They've been like that."

The mother of one child, Alyssa Salgado, told KEPR-TV News she didn't think the state did a good enough job of investigating. She also adds that money was never her goal.

“I’m a mom and I always feel like I have to protect my child," she said.

A spokesperson for the Boys and Girls Club said the organization is pleased that the investigation is over.

"Moving forward, we will continue to do what we've always done, which is serve kids with the highest quality that we can provide and a complete focus on child safety,” says executive director Brian Ace.

With the investigation complete, Ordway says the results will now be public record.

KEPR-TV News tried to contact Cruz, but have not heard back about when she'd be available.

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