State suspends day care license.

October 25, 2017

State suspends day care license.



SHELBY — The license for a day care located at 114 Fifth St. has been suspended by the state after reports that the owner allowed five children to play unsupervised on the second floor of the home and had “inappropriate sexual conduct with each other.”

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) suspended the license of Diana Pretty from operating a home day care as of Friday evening, Oct. 20. LARA intends to revoke Pretty’s license.

The order from LARA says it received a complaint last January that five children between the ages of 5 and 10 years old were playing unsupervised on the second floor of the home while Pretty was on the first floor. During that time, the kids allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with each other.

“The child was taken to a doctor, and the doctor said there was nothing, no evidence of anything that happened,” Pretty told FOX 17. “I have written proof from parents, and it never happened. There was the kissing and the father even mentioned — and we had had trouble with the little girl wanting to kiss the little boys all the time. But yes, they were left up there for a short time, but the sexual thing never did happen.”

The order also claims that last September nine of the 11 children being cared for at the home were left outside in a fenced-in yard unsupervised. One child wandered away and was found crying by a neighbor who lives two houses down the street.

“The little boy leaving my yard did happen. He did get out through our garage which I didn’t realize had gotten unlocked, and he was able to get it open and get out,” Pretty told FOX 17.

The day care owner said that she plans to appeal the decision.

According to the LARA order, Pretty obtained the day care license Aug. 13, 2014 with a capacity of 12 children.



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