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Day care workers accused of hanging toddler from doorknob by shirt

Three Framingham day care workers have been fired after one allegedly hung a 20-month-old boy from a doorknob by his shirt while the others took photos and videos, police and company officials said.

Another day care worker at the KinderCare on Harrington Road alerted Framingham police to the incident Tuesday, though it allegedly occurred Oct. 10, said Framingham Police Lieutenant Stephen Cronin.

The child was allegedly hanging from the back collar of his shirt, which was hooked over the doorknob, Cronin said. He was taken to the hospital by his family, but the police were not notified of any serious injuries, said Lieutenant Harry Wareham.

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In a statement from Knowledge Universe, the parent company of KinderCare, the company said it had suspended the workers involved, would be conducting an internal investigation, and had contacted Massachusetts child protection and licensing authorities.

“What occurred was completely inappropriate and out of line with the standard of care we provide to families and the children entrusted to our care every day,” the statement said.

The employees were originally suspended, but Knowledge Universe said Friday afternoon that they had been dismissed.

An employee at the Framingham location said the local center would not comment on the issue.

Framingham police are investigating, along with Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan and the Department of Early Education and Care, which licenses day care centers, Cronin said. Officials are checking whether the alleged photos and videos were posted on social media sites.

No criminal charges have formally been brought against the workers.


Kiera Blessing can be reached at kiera.blessing@globe.com.