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Posted by madfloridian in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Aug 15th 2009, 07:45 PM
Other persons working at the day care knew of these actions but did not report them to the DCF because the owner said to report to her. They MUST report it to DCF. I once had a principal get cross with me because I called DCF on an abuse case before talking to her.

She said it helped her prepare to handle it. I told her the law was the law, that I had to go straight to the hotline. The principal made it unpleasant for me until DCF had a chat with her. It is illegal not to call straight to DCF. It was a good call, and the principal had tried to interfere. The social worker said real trouble was going on there, and a tragedy was averted.

Day Care Faces Penalties

The day care is licensed for 89 children since 2004, but it just does not look large enough for that many.

Ernst Peters | The Ledger Colors R Us Chlid Development Center

A Lakeland day care faces sanctions for failing to report suspicions that a teacher was taping the mouths of children in her care, locking them in a closet and dispensing hot sauce to cure ill behavior. The issue came to light June 1 after the department received a complaint about the abuse going on at Colors R Us, which is licensed for 89 children and has been in business since 2004. The person filing the complaint told DCF that staff were failing to notify the state's abuse hotline, as the law requires.

On June 2, investigators interviewed staff, reviewed records and discovered numerous violations and concerns, including potential safety hazards, state records show. They include:

Staff were not within sight and hearing of all children during nap time.

A sleeping infant lay in a crib with one of its sides down, and the child's head was covered with a blanket.

One of two designated fire exit doors could not be opened.

Cleaning supplies, knives and sharp tools were within reach of children.

Teacher/student ratios were out of compliance.

Bedding was unsafe and unsanitary.

Cribs under recall for safety concerns were in use.

Posted menus did not match the food being served.

Rooms were extremely warm, with temperatures of 89 degrees.

That teacher, Audrey Smith, has since been dismissed from her position at Colors R Us Child Development Center, 1533 Kennedy Blvd., and center owner Sherrian Strong has removed herself as director, state child-welfare officials said.

Rooms of 89 degrees? That is really scary.
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