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Child care center could be shut down

HENRICO COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - The day care that lost a little boy last month could soon be shut down.

After weeks of investigations and inspections, the Virginia Department of Social Services has recommended to their Licensing Director to shut them down.

Korinne N Friends Child Development Center has been in business for almost four years.

"This is a place where I trust with my child," said parent, Claudia Fentress.

But when social services caught wind, a three-year-old boy was left behind at a park last month, the day care went under a lot of heat.

"Preschool children have to always be in sight and sound of supervision so there was a start of a problem," said Jeffery Williams with the Virginia Department of Social Services.

Social services soon found other problems, including improper staff to student ratio, inadequate first aid kits in their van, no proof of liability insurance and even possibly operating without a license.

But the biggest violation had to be leaving a child behind at a park.

We're told, the three year old went to use the restroom and that was where strangers found him and called the cops.

"In this instance because of the risk, because of the number of high risk violations we are actually recommending to our home office that we revoke their license," said Williams.

The thought of finding a new day care didn't sit well with parents.

"I never had a problem with them, it's a very good daycare, it's a clean daycare. My child always come home talking good stuff, she knows all her colors all her numbers, everything it's a good daycare," said Fentress.

Social services recognizes, Korinne N Friends have made improvements since the day the child was left behind, but says, it wasn't enough.

"We did feel we had enough information and had been thorough enough we could actually issue a violation notice which we did yesterday," said Williams.

The day care has two weeks to respond to social services by letting them know what changes they're going to make.

In about a month, social services will make the ultimate decision to let them keep their business, or yank their license to operate.

http://www.dss.virginia.gov/facility/search/cc.cgi?rm=Inspection;Inspection=52745;ID=36293;

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