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Employees claim working at now-closed day care was a nightmare

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Some former employees at the Children's First Learning Center say working at the now-closed day care was a nightmare.

"It was unorganized, very unorganized," said Jewel Fuller, a former employee at the day care center. "It was infested with roaches, they were in the kitchen - they were all over."

In March, CBS Atlanta News reporter Bernard Watson went to Children's First Learning Center and was met by Winston Douglas, a convicted felon.

Parents said Douglas shuttled kids around in his blue car even though it is against the law for convicted felons to work at day care facilities.

When Watson asked the director of the day care about Douglas, she denied he worked there.

"So there are no convicted felons working here?" Watson asked.

"Absolutely not. No. No. Absolutely not. No way. No way. Absolutely not, I promise you," said the director, who would not give her name.

CBS Atlanta's Tough Questions got action. After seeing Watson's report, the state launched an investigation. That investigation found Children's First knowingly employed not one, but two convicted felons.

Those convicted felons included Douglas, who has an aggravated assault conviction, and a cook named Brenda Hicks, who has a felony drug conviction.

The state also found numerous transportation violations, including shuttling children in vehicles without enough seatbelts for each passenger.

In the end, Children's First Learning Center was ordered to shut its doors.

"To me it was unsafe," said Tanya Rice, a former employee. "I wouldn't have put my children in that day care center."

Rice and Fuller said they are glad the day care is closed, but they want the money they are owed for working there before the day care closed its doors.

"The day care owes me about $300," Rice said.

"(The director) hasn't even contacted us to say, 'This is what I am going through, can I sit down and work with you on a payment?' No calls, no nothing," Fuller said.

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