Parents not told about Little Angels Day Care closing until after RTV6 report

Facility must close by Feb. 13

INDIANAPOLIS - Parents of Greenwood day care Little Angels said they were not notified their day care was closing until the information aired in a Call 6 report Tuesday night.

Numerous parents told RTV6 day care staff planned a 6:30 p.m. meeting for Wednesday night, but church staff told RTV6 to leave the property.

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.

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration investigated the bus incident, and on Jan. 30 cited Little Angels Day Care in Greenwood for failure to maintain a safe environment within the bus.

While investigating the bus incident, an FSSA inspector determined someone with a substantiated case of sexual abuse was inside the day care on several occasions throughout the past nine months.

On Jan. 31, FSSA terminated the day care’s certificate of registration , which means they have until Feb. 13 to shut their doors.

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.

An FSSA spokesperson told RTV6 there is no requirement for the day care to notify parents when their registration is terminated.

But because the day care was a registered ministry, not a licensed day care, the state has no authority to notify parents.

Spokeswoman Marni Lemons told RTV6 if the facility were a licensed care and the state took a negative action, the state would have had the authority to notify parents.

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