August 18, 2017 07:24 AM
The Minnesota Department of Human Services has revoked the license of a Minneapolis child care center after receiving a report of alleged abuse by a staff member.
According to the DHS, the staff member at Kingdom Kare Learning Center allegedly struck 14 children approximately 19 times with a long stick and allegedly grabbed some by the wrists. The staff member also allegedly threatened to hurt children at the center. The DHS's report indicates the alleged abuse and threats began early in 2016.
DHS Inspector General Carolyn Ham states:
“DHS revoked this license after finding multiple incidents of physical abuse involving children at the center. No child should be subjected to maltreatment and the fact that 14 children were involved is especially egregious. DHS also found other serious compliance and licensing violations at the center.”
Video of the classroom the staff member oversaw, obtained by the DHS, showed the staff member striking children on their backs with the stick and grabbing their arms. The video also allegedly showed children covering their faces for protection.
The DHS has disqualified the staff member from being in a position in facilities licensed by the department, from facilities serving children or youth licensed by the Department of Corrections, as well as from unlicensed personal care provider organizations.
On Aug. 10, 2017, the center was issued a maltreatment determination as well as an order of license revocation.
Public records show Kingdom Kare Learning Center was previously investigated for health and safety violations and problems with child to staff ratios over the years. The center had also been investigated for financial misconduct and had been placed on a conditional license in August 2015.
Updated: August 18, 2017 07:24 AM
Created: August 17, 2017 12:11 PM
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