Cited Greenwood church day care will not shut down following agreement with FSSA

Little Angels agreed to become fully licensed

GREENWOOD, Ind. - A Greenwood day care cited for leaving a child alone on a day care bus will not close its doors Thursday as previously ordered by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.

The Call 6 Investigators have learned Little Angels has reached an agreement with the state to immediately improve the safety and wellbeing of children in their care.

While investigating the bus incident, a state inspector determined someone with a substantiated case of sexual abuse had been inside the day care on several occasions and ordered the day care to shut down.

As part of the agreement signed Wednesday, Little Angels agreed to become a fully licensed day care by Aug. 13, meaning it has to abide by more stringent regulations including active supervision of children and teacher training.

“Today’s agreement will allow for uninterrupted service to families, providing Little Angels meets the terms of the agreement,” said FSSA spokeswoman Marni Lemons in an statement to RTV6.

As the Call 6 Investigators reported , on Jan. 23, a 6-year-old boy was left on a Little Angels day care bus in frigid temperatures for an hour and a half.

On Jan. 31, FSSA terminated the day care’s certificate of registration.

Greenwood Police Assistant Chief Matt Fillenwarth told Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney they received a complaint in March 2012 about a church deacon inappropriately touching a 5-year-old girl.

That case is still under investigation, but at this point, the church deacon has not been charged criminally.

State investigators did find merit to the allegations, and thus determined it was a substantiated case of sexual abuse.

“Our burden is different than the state’s,” said Fillenwarth.

Fillenwarth said police are looking into other complaints and allegations against the deacon, but declined to elaborate on specifics.

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