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State investigates local daycare

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SANDY SPRINGS, GA (CBS46) -

Thursday Georgia's Department of Early Care and Learning confirmed it is investigating a Sandy Springs Daycare after receiving an anonymous letter alleging abuse. The investigation centers around Crème de la Crème in the 4600 block of Roswell Road.

"We received an anonymous letter indicating there was possible allegations of discipline, abuse, supervision issues," said Keith Bostick, Deputy Commissioner for Programs for the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

Among other allegations, the letter stated teachers used "pinching" as a form of punishment.

Bostick said his investigators would make unannounced visits to the facility in the next 30 days. The investigation could also include interviews with parents. "We're always conscious of looking at the current environment to determine if any of the remaining children are at any kind of risk."

The allegations follow similar complaints, made by an anonymous letter, back in October. "Most of those allegations were unsubstantiated," said Bostick.

However, a state visit to the facility revealed several problems including "a baby left unsupervised during a fire drill" as well as "unsecured furniture which could fall on children."

Crème de la Crème's COO, Peter Lungo, released this statement to CBS46 News:

"Crème de la Crème has a 30 year legacy of providing exceptional childcare for families. We are incredibly proud of the commitment of our staff to our children, which is why we are particularly concerned about accusations of alleged physical abuse. There is no merit to this accusation as it has been previously investigated and not substantiated by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

It is standard procedure for the state to investigate any accusation and we are prepared and willing to participate and provide any information requested. Our focus remains on providing a safe and nurturing environment for children, and we look forward to all accusations being resolved."

Bostick said if the complaints were found to be true, the facility could face fines even having its license pulled. If the complaints are unsubstantiated, he said they will still be published online for parents to read. "We're going to put those and list those on our website, so the public can be aware that an investigation did take place."

Parents can find more information, including reviews and investigations on their daycares, by going to www.decal.ga.gov or www.qualityrated.org.

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