The mother of a little boy, who was allegedly locked inside a closet while under the care of Pinocchio's Children's Palace in Brooklyn, claims her son has been left traumatised by the treatment.

Sharvina Wilson has filed a lawsuit against the daycare centre and says: "Now my son is afraid of the dark and he sleeps in my bed every night."

Xavier King was just two-years-old when the alleged incidents took place and his 38-year-old mother is devastated by the effect it has had on her son, revealing: "When he sees closets, it triggers him and he runs. He just hates to be left alone and he says, 'I'm scared, I'm scared."

Commenting on the conduct of daycare workers, Sharvina says: "My son could have died. They knew he had asthma."

Shandra Fallon and Amellia Samuda, who were recorded ushering children into closets, have been named as defendants in this case along with daycare centre owner, Tatiana Ilyaich, who claims she was unaware of the confinement inflicted on the children and fired her workers once she found out.

Sharvina's lawyer has commented on the lawsuit, saying: "We want to see that they don't do this to any other children."

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