The parents of a two year-old were amazed to receive a photo from a former employee at their son’s nursery showing their son secured to a sleep mat with duct tape.

The photographs were taken by a former employee

The photographs were taken by a former employee

The couple, Kristi and Brad Galbriath, who are from Texas, are now suing the nursery for $1 million for the incident, which they describe as a “parent’s worst nightmare.”

Mr and Mrs Galbraith accuse the Heart2Heart Montessori Academy, which is based in Forth Worth, Texas, of fraud and negligence and the widely-circulated photographs show at least one other toddler secured to a mat with silver duct tape in order to enforce the nap period. The photographs were taken by a former employee of the Heart2Heart nursery on one day in June.

The Galbraiths’ lawyer, Jeff Rasansky said: “Parents take a leap of faith to entrust their children to the care of someone else, and it is extremely upsetting when something like this happens to toddlers, who are too young to speak up for themselves.”

The nursery claims it has the "best interest of the children and parents" as their "highest priority"

The nursery claims it has the “best interest of the children and parents” as their “highest priority”

Back in June when the photographs first surfaced, a nursery manager issued a statement: “The staff and I have the best interest of the children and parents as our highest priority.” The nursery has declined to comment on the court case, but has said it is co-operating with authorities.

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