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.

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Information from: The Advocate-Messenger, http://www.amnews.com

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  • by Jack Location: Pike County on Aug 11, 2007 at 11:52 AM
    How Could This Happen! We're not paying attention to the right things people. We've been brainwashed into distraction by all the nitpicky things, while the things that should be top priority are being ignored or half-assed.
  • by brenda Location: corbin on Aug 10, 2007 at 01:43 PM
    it's a shame that at least one parent cant stay hoem and raise their child...that aside these people should all be given the same judgement that they handed out to these children only the punishment should last 7 times as long as what it did for these children and monetary payment for these children should be placed in a court ordered account to be use only for the children. for present and future mental health problems
  • by Heather Location: Jeffersonville on Aug 10, 2007 at 12:57 PM
    I believe they need to check out the Children in Action Daycare in Camargo (Mount Sterling). At one point in time they were two autistic children in the daycare that had their shoes tied together to keep them from climbing out of their high chairs. The high chairs did have the proper seating restraints so they tied their shoes together to keep them from getting out. Not to mention they did not teach them the how to eat their food, they would dump it out on their tray and expect them to eat with their just their hands.
  • by DEAN Location: RICHMOND on Aug 10, 2007 at 12:35 PM
    IF MY CHILD WERE INVOLVED, I WOULD BE TRYING TO MAKE SURE CRIMINAL CHARGES WERE PURSUED. THIS IS A CLEAR CASE OF CHILD ABUSE
  • by Joe Location: Lexington on Aug 10, 2007 at 12:32 PM
    Why did they really shut it down? Did it not have a crawl space to store the children in like the one in Frankfort?
  • by kim Location: corbin on Aug 10, 2007 at 11:48 AM
    what is happen to this world? all day its been about babies. Your children are the most important thing in the world. never take them for granted. i cherish my everyday min.
  • by KELLY Location: WAYNESBURG on Aug 10, 2007 at 11:48 AM
    this is just crazy, if these had been one of my kids they would have had to tie me up and blindfold me, lord knows what i would have done. how can someone act this way and get paid to watch these children. the state should inspect more often then annually or with resonable suspicion. terrible shape this old world is coming to i tell you. they should bring back the old capital punishment on the town squares and alot of this evil would be corrected. people would see it aint worth it. America has leaned way to far left, just about ready to tip over...

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