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Parents React to Day Care Worker's Arrest
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LAS VEGAS -- An investigation is underway after the arrest of a day care worker on accusations of sexual assault of two girls. According to the arrest report, those assaults did not happen at the day care center and the victims were the children of a family friend.

However, the incident makes parents concerned and day care operators know they have to assure them that their children are safe and well taken care of.

Even though the alleged sexual assaults didn't happen at either day care where Cameron Thomas worked, parents are concerned by allegations of sexual assault against someone that worked so closely with children.

Colleen Booker has 5-year-old son. She says she did a lot of investigating before enrolling her child.

"It's scary because you trust your kids and these people for long periods of time and its scary," she said.

According to the State Bureau of Services for Child Care, parents should do their homework when choosing a day care. The same due diligence applies to day care facilities when hiring workers.

By law, anyone who works in a day care is required to complete a thorough criminal background check that goes back as far as 10 years.

Some day care's take extra safety measures like installing video surveillance so parents can access the video stream from their work or home.

"If any incidents happen throughout the day where a child gets hurt, parents are able to rewind and watch throughout the day so they can go back and look," said Pennie Donlin with Kidz Kidz Kidz Day Care.

In addition to cameras and background checks, some day care's also requires staff to complete courses on recognizing the signs and symptoms of abuse. In the case of Thomas, a criminal background check would not have shown anything because he did not have a prior criminal record.

In addition, the day care centers where he worked did have video surveillance systems.

While police are not aware of any improper incidents at either day care center, parents of the children at those centers were asked to report any unusual behavior.

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