Judge to decide Macon daycare's fate | News
On Monday April 14th, a five-year-old boy was left in a Charlotte's Web Daycare and Learning Center van for four hours. The state issued an order for an emergency closing saying children were in imminent danger and the center needed to be shut down. 13WMAZ was in court today as the owner appealed that order.
Ashley Wilson, a child care consultant with Bright from the Start's complaint unit, investigated the complaint with Charlotte's Webb. She says owner Charlotte Perkins lied to her about how long Kendal Battle was left in the van. Perkins first said five minutes and that Perkins herself got him out of the van around five p.m. When questioned a second time, Perkins said around 40 minutes.
Finally, Wilson said she learned the boy was in the van for about four hours until around 8:30 p.m.
"I said well can you tell me exactly what happened? And so she proceeded to tell me that she did not get him off the vehicle. That he walked into the center that evening, that she was notified by the staff member," said Wilson.
Perkin's lawyer, Donald Osborne, says her statements under duress shouldn't effect the judge's decision.
"Nothing like this has ever happened to her before and I'm hoping that that does not sway the judge," said Osborne.
Two people signed off on a sheet saying that the daycare's van was empty. LaDelia Snell checked the van the second time.
She told Wilson and the court that she couldn't check the entire bus because she is pregnant.
"She said she was unable to physically walk through the whole vehicle. So she stepped on the step of the vehicle, looked around and then she said that she got off and walked around the vehicle looking in the windows," said Wilson.
But Snell testified that she did not look through the windows because they were tinted.
Wilson said she tried to get the daycare's video surveilance but was unsuccessful. The daycare handed the lawyers the footage before court.
Keith Bostick, Bright from the Start's deputy commissioner for programs, says if the judge approves the shutdown the daycare would be closed for 21 days.
If the investigation uncovers more problems during the 21 day period, Charlotte's Webb's license could be revoked.