Follow Up: State Closes Daycare Center In Central Kentucky

LANCASTER, Ky. (AP) - State officials closed a daycare center in central Kentucky amid allegations that it was unsafe for children.

The Learn and Play Daycare in Garrard County was ordered closed this week by the Kentucky Office of the Inspector General's Division of Regulated Child Care.

The state agency alleges that on July 30 two staff members, with the facility director's approval, tied both of a male child's hands behind his back with an elastic hair band; blindfolded a female child with a cloth that was tied with a string; tied a male child's hand behind his back with a string attached to the child's belt loop; and forced a male child to sit in a rolling chair except to use the restroom.

Lesia Pietrzak, operator of the center, did not immediately return a call for comment Friday. She can file a written request for a hearing with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Other allegations against the center included that three children were forced to go to the restroom while blindfolded or they had their hands tied, requiring another child to assist them; one child was forced to eat lunch while his hands were tied behind him; one male child could only use one hand while eating lunch with the other one tied behind him; and one child had to eat while blindfolded.

The state also alleged that staff-to-child ratios and maximum group sizes were exceeded and that a 17-year-old staff member was found sleeping while children were having a rest period.

Information from: The Advocate-Messenger,

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