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Baker daycare to be shut down

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Posted: Nov 4, 2011 5:17 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Nov 4, 2011 6:10 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Baker, daycare, Department of Children and Family Services, DCFS, Trey Williams, license, shut down, Ms. Gerry's, after school service

BAKER - Ms. Gerry's After-School Service has until the end of the day Monday to appeal the state's decision to pull its license.

The Department of Children and Family Services plans to shut the daycare down because it found licensing regulations like child-to-staff ratios broken repeatedly.

In one instance October 19, DCFS inspectors found a 12-year-old at the daycare without anyone else on the property.

"He said the bus had dropped him off, and the workers told him they were gonna pick up other school kids, and he really didn't even know why," Trey Williams with DCFS told News 2.

Even worse, Williams said, inspectors found one employee listed on a state registry for child abuse and neglect.

News 2 checked the DCFS database and found workers weren't properly trained in CPR, and there wasn't a qualified lifeguard on duty when children were swimming nearby.

Over and over again, records show Ms. Gerry's had fewer workers than the state mandates. In one instance, there was only one worker at the center when 11 children were there.

We found the lights off inside the center and no one there Friday afternoon. The daycare will stay empty unless it provides proof in an appeal that it is a safe place for kids.

You can check out your child's daycare inspection reports here.

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