KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (CN) – A mother has demanded $2.4 million from Bearden United Methodist Church, claiming staff members at its daycare and after-school program failed to act when they found out that her 4-year-old son was being molested by an older boy in their care.
The unnamed plaintiff claims the older boy trapped her son in the bathroom at the church, stuck his finger in the younger boy’s rectum, and “touched, kissed and licked” his penis.
When the mother found out what was happening, the lawsuit claims, she took it up with the program’s chairman, who told her that “little boys will do this.”
She says the defendants knew the older boy had emotional problems and a history of being “volatile and explosive,” but they negligently refused to kick him out of the program.
She is represented by David Rexrode in Knox County Court.