Hall County daycare to remain closed, owners drop appeal - CBS46 News

Hall County daycare to remain closed, owners drop appeal with state

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CLERMONT, GA (CBS46) -

The owners of a Hall County daycare facility have dropped their appeal with the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning after the agency ordered an emergency shutdown of the Discovering Basics daycare last week. The order came after a 16-month-old boy suffered severe burns during his stay at the daycare on June 13, according to Hall County investigators.

Daycare worker Eddye Pittmon, as well as daycare owner Sue Dupree, and her daughter Tara Miller, have been charged in connection with the case. Investigators say the child was burned while at the center, and the daycare tried to cover it up.

All three women were arrested and have since bonded out. However, as a condition of Dupree and Miller's bond, they will not be allowed to operate the daycare. They were due for an appeal hearing with the state on Wednesday to re-open their center, but dropped that appeal after the conditions of their bond were set forth.

Pittmon's attorney believes the injury to the boy happened before he ever got to the daycare center.

"My client did nothing wrong to cause this," said attorney Troy Millikan. "And I'd like to see one bit of proof she did something wrong."

Kristen and Travis Dennis, who sent their two children to Discovering Basics for two years prior to its closing last week, said they believe Pittmon, Dupree and Miller are completely reliable, and had nothing but great experiences during their time there.

"It breaks my heart," said Kristen, speaking of the situation. "I don't feel like the whole story has been told. These are good people who perhaps made mistakes, but who doesn't?"

Pittmon, Dupree and Miller are due back in Hall County court in early July.

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