Dandyland Child Care Center under investigation

Dandyland Child Care Center under investigation

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - Tuesday afternoon, we confirmed a total of four police reports have been filed alleging harassment at the Dandyland Day Care Center.

Allegations children were hit with rulers and wet towels continue to follow the day care center owned and operated by East Alabama Medical Center.

A Department of Human Resources report obtained by News Leader 9 states on February 21, DHR visited Dandyland after the center's director reported two staff members had used prohibited discipline in their classroom.

The director told DHR a parent reported their child says teachers were hitting the children with wet rags and rulers.

A source tells News Leader 9 the day care workers involved were hitting children for having urine or bowel movement accidents and/or refusing to try and go to the bathroom.

Opelika police say the cases will be presented to the Lee County MDT or the Multiple-Disciplinary-Task Force for them to review and decide if charges will be filed.

We did reach out to East Alabama Medical Center who owns Dandyland for a comment on this latest information.

They declined to give us a statement.

In March, EAMC did say they completed an internal investigation and immediately self-reported the incident to the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

They also say: "Center staff reported that two staff used prohibited discipline in their classroom. Corrected 2/21/13."

Again, no arrests have been made.

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