Clinton home has until Monday to appeal closure
BATON ROUGE - A state official says a military-styled group home for abused, neglected or delinquent children will be shut for good if owners don't appeal the decision by Monday.
Trey Williams, spokesman for the state Department of Children and Family Services, says that on Friday, director Brandi Phipps had not appealed the license revocation for the Challenge and Development Center of Clinton.
The state removed 29 children from the home in early October, after investigators found that a child was injured in an incident involving a staffer.
State reports in August and October said child leaders in military-style squads could supervise and punish other children. They also found that staffers used forbidden penalties including corporal punishment, verbal abuse and physical discomfort.