Little Angels Preschool - The Other SideLast week, we told you about the controversy surrounding the Little Angels preschool in San Pedro.
A three year old boy and his grandmother made a complaint to police alleging that he had been molested at the school.
It has caused quite an uproar at the school and put the principal and owner Marina Graniel Kay and her family under intense scrutiny.
Today we spoke to her attorney Dolores Balderamos Garcia who said the adverse attention is unwarranted because there has been no police investigation to implicate anyone.
Balderamos Garcia instead apportioned blame to an education officer. Here are her comments:..
Dolores Balderamos Garcia, attorney
"I don't defend allege child abusers. My involvement in relation to the reputation of my client, her family and the school and far be it from me to deny any allegations but I have to say that the police's position is that the investigation is at a very initial stage and the matter is in the hands of the police."
"Now, my major concern is that you have 70 children at that pre-school. My client has painstakingly build up a good reputation for care of those children at that school over 16 years and I can say with certainty that the hours are 8:30 in the morning to 11:30. The children are constantly under supervision from the 4 teachers and the premises are small and the bathroom area can only be access through the classroom. So we have to make that part of it clear. Now, what is also the case and base on my looking at the situation and having spent a good amount of time in San Pedro on Friday is that what we seem to have here which people need to know about is an overzealous education officer who seems not to be behaving professionally and I say that advisedly. I don't say that likely."
The Ministry of Education had told us that the official position was that it was a police matter and they would make no moves until that investigation was completed.
Attorney Balderamos Garcia defends client and business tarnished by toddler abuse case
Last Thursday we reported that the family of a three year old boy alleges that he was sexually abused at his pre-school in San Pedro Town. The infant was subsequently examined by two doctors, who reportedly confirmed that there are signs of abuse. While there have been no arrests in the matter, the school’s reputation, as well as its administration, has been the subject of public criticism. Little Angels Pre-School, owned and managed by Marina Graniel-Kay, has come under fire from residents of the island, following rumors of sexual abuse on the compound. Attorney Dolores Balderamos-Garcia, who represents Graniel-Kay, visited San Pedro on Friday to conduct an investigation into the matter. She told News Five today that her client is being thrown under the bus before a proper police investigation is concluded.
Dolores Balderamos-Garcia, Attorney
“I represent Ms. Marina Graniel-Kay and her pre-school Little Angels Pre-School in San Pedro and I think it’s very important for us to set the record straight in terms of hearing what is the situation. I spent the day on Friday in San Pedro making a thorough investigation of the circumstances in this matter. First of all I’d like to make it clear that I don’t do criminal cases, nor do I represent alleged child abusers. So my client is Ms. Kay and her pre-school and they have the right to the hard earned reputation that she has, she and her pre-school of sixteen years. She’s the principal. Now this is very unfortunate and from my investigation on Friday in San Pedro, this seems to be the case of an overzealous education officer, who is conducting one’s self in a most unprofessional way and I don’t say that lightly because what has happened in this matter is that rumors have just grown legs and all of a sudden my client’s family seem to be involved and it is absolutely unfounded. We took the opportunity to meet a length with the police, who have assured us that this case is only in the very initial stages of investigation. There is no suspect or suspects at this time. There are angles that any, you know, self-respecting and professional investigative journalist will want to examine in terms of the possible abuse of this child but I can say with certainty that not even the doctor’s reports have been properly obtained by the police and that has come directly from the police themselves in San Pedro. So, I would like to say, especially to the San Pedro community, that once you take out toothpaste, for example, out of a tube, you can’t put it back. Once you start to damage people’s reputation it is very, very difficult to put it back. Apparently this individual has claimed that she is going to shut down Little Angels’ school and I really would wish that the ministry would want to take a very hard look at that kind of most irresponsible statement. I took the opportunity, for example, to visit the premises of the school [and] it is secure. It’s a tight premises, meaning it’s not huge, and the classrooms are there, three little classrooms and two bathrooms that you can only get into from inside the premises.”