State orders day care closed

The state has ordered a Center Grove area day care and preschool to shut down after inspectors determined the facility violated state rules.

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration issued a notice terminating the child care ministry registration for Little Angels Daycare and Preschool, located at White River Baptist Church. The notice is dated Jan. 31 and states the registration was being terminated immediately.

An inspector visited the day care Jan. 30 and determined that a man affiliated with the church was at the site after having been accused of inappropriately touching a child at the day care in 2012. The state previously told Little Angels that the man was not allowed at the church while children were at the day care, said Marni Lemons, deputy director of communications with Indiana Family and Social Services.

The man was never arrested by police or charged with a crime. But an investigation by the Indiana Department of Child Services found enough evidence to require he be barred from the day care, Lemons said.

The day care can remain open until Wednesday to allow parents to make other arrangements, but the facility could face civil charges and fines if it remains open past that deadline. The day care and preschool, at 1222 Demaree Road, has been registered with the state since 2006 and provides care for about 130 children, Lemons said. The day care is run as part of White River Baptist Church.


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