Tennessee Day Care Shut Down For Hiding Infants In Storage Room

Associated Press Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state shut down a rural day care center after an unannounced inspection found three crying infants hidden behind a closed door in a room that contained hot water heaters and electrical boxes.

When an inspector visited Paulette's Group Day Care Home in Lafayette on Friday, there was only one worker minding eight children - a violation of state rules, Department of Human Services spokeswoman Michelle Mowery Johnson said.

Officials said the day care worker put the three infants - all younger than 2 years old - in their playpens, pinned blankets over the tops of the playpens, shut the door and posted a sign: "Private Day Care does not go beyond this door."

The day care's owner, Paulette Colter, could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday at the day care, which is located about 50 miles northeast of Nashville near the Kentucky state line.

Colter's license has been suspended, and the state will hold a hearing Wednesday, Johnson said. She is also being investigated by the Tennessee Department of Children's Services.

Ten children were infected with E. coli at the same day care last June. Four were sent to the hospital for treatment and later released, Johnson said.

The E. coli did not originate at the day care, Johnson said, but the state cited the day care for not keeping accurate daily attendance records on each child, leaving children unattended outside and exceeding the day care's licensed capacity.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by mel Location: lex on May 18, 2007 at 09:58 AM
    Social mores and family values ARE relevant in this case, as there would be no case at all if people who insist on living way above their means would stay around their homes a little more and raise the children they bore. Cheap, bad daycare is going to thrive as long as we put more importance on our income than our children. Is it worth the higher style of living? Not to me. We cut our income over half and one of us was with our children until they were in school. Yes, we suffered a little, but our children didn't. Childcare IS the point of this discussion and issue, and my point is that there are many, many children in these kid mills while their parents are making combined incomes of over 200,000 (which of course is what we all need to live comfortably if we set that standard of living for ourselves). So ostensibly, we all have to bear responsibility for our children and where we choose to drop them off during the day.
  • by Heather Location: Owingsville on May 18, 2007 at 09:45 AM
    Well, Tiffany, not everyone can stay home with their kids like you. I am fortunate enough to have a family member care for my 2 year old. I do feel terrible for anyone that must deal with daycare and have the fear that something like this could happen to their child. The government does not do enough monitor these types of facilities. They should have "surprise visits" just like the health departments do with restaurants.
  • by Tiffany Location: mount sterling on May 17, 2007 at 07:42 PM
    This is the main reason that I stayed at home for 7 yrs with my children, 5 yrs with my oldes and 2 with my youngest. Just so I could make sure that my child was in no harm. I would never put a child in a daycare facility of any type. No matter what. The owner of this daycare and the few employes that she did have should all be punished. This women should never be allowed around children again.
  • by Lucie Location: Detroit, MI on May 17, 2007 at 06:26 PM
    It makes you wonder how the workers and owner of this facility can bear to look at themselves. Ostensibly, the owner and the worker have to be held responsible. She chose to put the children there. She was not under duress, so to try to blame only the owner is unreasonable and unjustified. Let's deal with the issue at the hand and concentrate on that in seeking justice instead of people going on various tangents on social mores and family values, which while they have valid points in some cases, it is not the point of this discussion and issue.
  • by Candice Location: NV, Las Vegas on May 17, 2007 at 04:05 PM
    I seen this story on msn, and I couldn't bevelive how unreasonable the owner was. I hope the owner gets the the maximum punishment possible. The parents and the State need to make sure she's help accountable for her actions and the the actions of her employees.
  • by TRIN Location: IL on May 17, 2007 at 01:57 PM
  • by Cyndi Location: Tuscaloosa, AL on May 17, 2007 at 01:44 PM
    I had several problems with the daycare my son is in. He would come home everyday with a bloddy nose, a busted lip, and knots on his head. The daycare director kept trying to reassure me that he was just accident prone or clumsy. I told her if he was so clumsy, why wasn't he getting these types of injuries at home? She then tried to tell me that he didn't play as hard at home as he did a daycare. Make a long story short, the director no longer works at that daycare and the injuries have stopped. I laid into her about accident reports for all his injuries and threatened to call Dept. of Human Resources. About 2 wks later she quit. It was the best day of my life when I found out she wasn't coming back!!!
  • by Jennifer Location: Virginia on May 17, 2007 at 12:58 PM
    I am an Assistant Principal of a child care facility in VA. and I am discusted with what went on with these poor children. All of our inspections are unannounced, as they should be, but we are always prepared. I am a mother of three and would be devastated if this happened to my children. If a center is running the way it should be with proper management and trained staff the school should never miss a beat and incidents such as this should never occur. My heart goes out to the parents and children of this horrific act.
  • by Ruby Location: KY on May 16, 2007 at 02:19 PM
    its so sad when parent's have to work and they pay day care's big bucks to care for their kids and their kids end up being abused...this country needs to wake up and realize they need GOD....their is no excuse for abuse like this,day care's should be checked on daily b/cause seems like their not being responsible theirself
  • by Elizabeth Location: Nashville on May 16, 2007 at 12:33 PM
    How about blaming the greedy owner instead of working parents and Satan for this terrible event?
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