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South Fulton daycare in jeopardy

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The owner of a metro Atlanta daycare says they're on the verge of shutting down

A vote in the city of South Fulton Tuesday night could be the deciding factor in whether the daycare gets the help it needs to stay open.

Some people involved have concerns about the behavior of a city council woman and are questioning her ethics.

Leapfrog Early Learning Academy is a special place for Toni Couch. Not only does she work there but her own children attend.

"This is more than just a daycare it's more like a family environment," says Jit Vaitha. "Eighty-two percent or our children are living in poverty and 78 percent of all mothers are single moms so we offer a great service."

Vaitha is the owner and director and says they're having trouble making ends meet because of a vacant church across the street.

They bought the church with hopes of expanding the daycare but realized construction would be too expensive. Now, they need to see it.

"We're going to shut down, there's no way we can last past the summer."

They and a neighbor property have an offer from a Quiktrip to put in a gas station, something Vaitha says would save them.

The city council votes Tuesday night on whether to approve the rezoning and some are holding their breath to see what happens. 

"The councilmember for this district is against the deal for whatever reason. We have some major concern about that."

Vaitha's attorney has filed an ethics complaint against Councilmember Rosie Jackson, claiming unethical conduct alleging she tried to influence. 

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