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Two additional people arrested in Hall County child cruelty case

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Minnie "Sue" Dupree, Tara Miller Minnie "Sue" Dupree, Tara Miller

Two additional people have been arrested in a child cruelty case at a Hall County daycare.

Discovering Basics Daycare owner, Minnie "Sue" Dupree, 66, of Gainesville, was charged with influencing testimony.

Investigators also charged Dupree's daughter, Tara Miller, the site director at the daycare, with child cruelty in the second degree.

Investigators said Dupree intimidated her employees and directly asked that they destroy evidence in the case.

"There's a much bigger situation going on that we're trying to get to the bottom of," said Deputy Nicole Gaines of the Hall County Sheriffs Department. "We do know they deliberately tried to cover this up and didn't get this child treatment."

Investigators allege that Miller had knowledge of the 18-month-old child's injuries and failed to seek proper medical treatment for the child.

Miller also assisted in applying topical ointments to the child's injuries and was fully aware that the injuries occurred at the facility.

Eddye Pittmon, 55, of Talmo, was arrested Friday on charges of first-degree child cruelty. She was working at the daycare center where an 18-month-old boy suffered severe burns.

Dupree initially said they were not burns on the boy's legs, but an allergic reaction to a bug bite.

Dupree and Miller are currently being held at the Hall County Jail with no bond, pending their first appearance hearing before a judge Tuesday.

The case remains under investigation by the Hall County Sheriff's Criminal Investigation Division.

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