Taxpayer money wasted on shutdown daycare tuition

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by Julian Johnson / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on December 27, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 28 at 7:24 AM

(KMOV.com) - News 4 has learned the state of Missouri is investigating a Ferguson daycare center after one of its van drivers allegedly threw a bottle of rubbing alcohol at a child. 

"It’s very frustrating its very stressful just having to deal with it all over again," said parent Grace Earnheart.

Friday, Earnheart had to take off from work to care for her two young daughters after she found out the Future Geniuses Learning Center had closed and may never reopen. Since the state covers the cost of her child care services, those tax dollars are only being squandered.

"I showed up to drop the kids off on my way to work and that's when I found out they were closed," she said.

The state is now in the process of revoking the daycare’s operating license.

The investigation stems from an incident in which officials said daycare van driver Brian Starks threw a bottle of rubbing alcohol at 6-year-old Malachi Bender. The incident left Malachi with lip injuries, and the child claims Starks tried to bribe him to keep quiet.

In a report sent to News 4, the state alleges Starks also put the child in a seat without a working seat belt and that he violated numerous other regulations.

The daycare center’s attorney told News 4 the facility will have no comment until possibly next week, after an appeal hearing.

 

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