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New report released detailing Dandyland Daycare incident

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) -

News Leader 9'sElizabeth White has obtained several documents detailing suspected mistreatmentof a child at Dandyland Day Care Center.

We have learned a parent reportedseeing the child being rough handled by a teacher and reported it to thedirector in May.  

EAMC says their investigation has not been able tosubstantiate the incident. However, the Alabama Department of Human Resourcessays their paperwork indicates the incident was substantiated.

The AlabamaDepartment of Child Care Minimum Standards Deficiency Report details theincident at the center, owned and operated by East Alabama Medical Center.

The report says"a staff handled a child in a rough or harsh manner."

An incident reportfrom DHR explains in better detail what happened. It states on May 29,the director of the center called and left a message with the Lee county DHRoffice stating a parent reported to her a teacher was rough handling a child.The director said she was investigating the situation and reviewing the video.

The director reports "the video has not shown anything at this point"according to the document.

A DHR spokespersonsays the complaint was substantiated. The incident report obtained by NewsLeader 9 even says it was substantiated on the top of the document.

However, EAMC saystheir investigation did not substantiate the incident.

On Wednesday, June 11 theyreleased this statement:

"Dandyland hasbeen operational for more than 20 years and is a tremendous resource for ouremployees.  Having their children on campus gives our parents a level ofcomfort that most are not afforded and allows them to focus on our patientshere at the hospital.  As for the deficiency report, we have investigatedit thoroughly and have not been able to substantiate it.  Dandylandremains in compliance with all applicable rules and regulations and is fullylicensed by the state of Alabama.  Our goal continues to be to provide asafe, caring and educational facility for the children of our employees."

A DHR spokespersonsays even though the complaint was proved to be true by their office, theagency has no role in the hiring or firing of child care employees.

EAMC would notcomment on if the staff member involved still works at the center.

This is not the firsttime EAMC's Dandyland has faced complaints of the mistreatment of children. InSeptember of last year, two women were convicted of 4 counts of harassment each,in a bench trial.  A Lee County judge found them guilty of hittingchildren with wet paper towels and a ruler while they worked forDandyland.  Parents testified, the staff members hit their toddler agedchildren when they had potty accidents or acted up.

EAMC officialsdeclined to respond when News Leader 9 asked them if EAMC or Dandyland wasproviding staff with extra training or taking other measures to ensure childrenare not being harassed or handed in a rough or harsh manner at the center.

We do know theOpelika Police Department says a criminal complaint has not been filed at thispoint, nor has an investigation been initiated.

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