Forced to return to work following her husband's untimely death, a struggling young mother's custody of her 3-year old daughter is challenged after the child suffers injuries while left at a substandard day care facility.
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Recently widowed young mother Lillian Lester is forced to return to work, but she is unable to afford the asking price of an established day-care center. Based upon a newspaper advertisement, she naively entrusts 3-year old Sandy to an unsafe and overcrowded facility operated by larcenous Miss Ogden and her neglectful "assistant", Miss Vera. When the unwatched Sandy is injured in a fall at the center, Sandy's grandparents attempt to gain custody of the girl by charging Lillian with neglect. Domestic worker Hetty Wilson learns of the custody action and regards the charges against Lillian as unjust. Hetty reports the unsafe conditions at the day-care center to Captain Braddock, prompting an investigation by the Department of Social Welfare. The findings convince Captain Braddock and the investigator to offer testimony on Lillian's behalf at the custody hearing. Written by
Capt. John Braddock:
If you're looking for a nursery school, make certain that you select one that meets these basic requirements of the law. Teachers trained in nursery education, nutrition, and child psychology. Proper heating facilities and fire safety. All the care and precaution of your own home. If you can't meet this problem alone, consult your local Department of Social Welfare. It's you, the taxpayer, who supports these fine groups, and you'll find them eager to assist you. This is sound advice, so please ...
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Of all the crimes investigated by Captain Braddock, the one in "The Case of No Questions Asked" is a bit odd because it doesn't seem like a case for the Racket Busters. However, it is interesting because it's one of the very few instances of a working mother and daycare that I can recall having seen during this era.
The show begins with some grandparents pressuring their daughter-in-law to give them custody of her girl. After all, her husband has died and it's difficult to work and care for the child. However, the mom is determined to put her girl in daycare and keep her. The problem, however, is that such care is expensive--until she finds one place that seems nice and cheap. However, the mom has been fooled--the kids are packed like sardines and the trained teachers the parents have been told about don't exist. When Braddock hears about this case, he refers it to a social services. What's next? See the show.
Interesting and worth seeing but not among the best of the series.
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