I-Team: Nellis Air Force Base daycare worker faces charge for not reporting suspected child abuse

LAS VEGAS - A father and a daycare provider at Nellis Air Force Base are at the center of allegations of child abuse.  

April is Child abuse prevention month, but too often, children in Clark County are failed because they're not protected from their abusers.  It's an issue the I-Team has been looking into, and slowly, some but inevitably, some people are starting to be held accountable.

"It's better to report and be safe than not to report, and perhaps have a child suffer even more severe consequences," said Steve Wolfson, the Clark County District Attorney. 

Wolfson made this statement to the I-Team in March when they interviewed him about mandatory reporting when comes to suspected child abuse and neglect.

Teachers, doctors, and daycare workers are required by law to report suspected child abuse, but recently the I-Team learned an assistant director of a daycare center at Nellis Air Force Base has gotten in trouble for allegedly failing to do that exact thing.

According to a summons, Bonnie Jean Barti, who faces a misdemeanor charge, failed to report suspected child abuse.

The summons says a 4-month-old baby was dropped off by her father and staff noted bruises, a dirty bottle, provided by the dad, and inappropriate clothing; the baby was only wearing a onesie without socks or pants and the baby had a dirty diaper.

Police say as the supervisor of the daycare, Barti made notes, and reached out to the father, but she never contacted authorities.

When asked why -- Barti told detectives, "she didn't feel it needed to be reported by us." 

But a day later, the father took the child to the hospital, and the baby ended up in the ICU after she was diagnosed with chronic head injuries and bone fractures.

The dad, Matthew Calloway, a staff sergeant at Nellis Air Force Base has pleaded guilty to child abuse.  Police say he not only hurt his child, but he also didn't seek medical care for two days after the incident.

"I think that a variety of agencies need to continue to educate their employees and to let them know how important it is to report; how valuable it is to maybe saving a child's life, and that it is a crime if they fail to report," Wolfson said.

The mother recently posted on Facebook that the child was doing better than anyone expected. She tells the I-Team she and the father were separated when the child was injured. 

The father, Calloway is in jail awaiting sentencing, which is set for May. He could get five to 15 years in prison.

Barti is also expected in court sometime in May. The I-Team reached out to her for a comment, but she could not be reached. 
However, a media relations specialist at Nellis Air Force Base told the I-Team that Barti still has a job, but she was moved to a different department where she hasn't had any contact with children.

Since the case involving Barti, Nellis has improved the process, so caregivers and supervisors can work together better to make sure no one fails to report suspected child abuse.

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