So today I noticed, half-way through a busy morning, that Kid had a weird mark on his face. I looked at it closer, and thought, that looks suspicious. I asked Miss Nelson if she’d noticed it, and she said she had, but that she thought it was fine.
We asked Kid how he got that owie and he said, stumbling and stuttering, that it was from falling off a skateboard. How do you get a scab in the outline of a circle, with a dot scab in the middle of it, from falling off a skateboard? (The scab looks a bit like a tiny Target logo.)
I took him to the nurse, to Miss Nelson’s chagrin, and on my way saw the social worker. She looked concerned, and told me later she was thinking the same thing I was. The nurse then looked at it, and said it out loud. Cigarette burn?
So then the issue is whether or not to report it. Kid is not articulate; he cannot tell a coherent story to save his life. He kept saying it was from falling off a skateboard.
I went back to the room and told Miss Nelson our suspicions. She got agitated, because she finally has Kid’s mom back in contact with us, and the relationship is good at present. And…Kid’s mom did finally take him to the doctor for the infections, and he is recovering nicely.
We finally decided that I would call Mom. Mom stuck to the story — it was a skateboard injury. She said it happened when her kids were at the park, and that’s what they told her happened.
So for now we are going to go with that. We’ve got no evidence that someone harmed him, other than a strange mark on his face.
But I’ve been feeling awful all day, and I think this is the cause.