I-Team: Dozens Of Day Care Centers Closed Each Year

By WBZ-TV Chief Correspondent Joe Shortsleeve

BOSTON (CBS) – State day care employees claim that when they visited Gloria Luna’s Family Day Care center in Dorchester last May they found working carbon monoxide detectors and an emergency evacuation plan.

However, documents obtained by the i-Team show that yesterday Boston City Inspectors found the carbon monoxide detectors were not working and there was no emergency evacuation plan.

The State Department of Early Education and Care says there are 11,806 licensed day care centers in Massachusetts, and that on average the state gets about 3,600 complaints each year ranging from electrical outlets that are not covered, to the abuse or death of a child. In the past 19 months 24 have had their licenses revoked.

WBZ-TV’s Joe Shortsleeve reports

The charges against some centers can be down right troubling. For example, the i-Team found one provider in Holbrook is accused of neglecting an 8-month-old and as a result the infant suffered a serious injury.

In Orange, a day care provider was accused of leaving two children unattended in a bath tub. One child was seriously injured.

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In Amherst, an educator was accused of demonstrating threatening behavior that could pose a risk to the child.

The i-Team has also learned that in the past year, two children have died in day care settings. Although one had a medical condition and that does not include yesterdays’ tragedy.

The EEC has tips on their website for selecting day cares: Click Here

  • MaryAnn

    The state inspectors found working CO2 detectors where there were none and the state inspectors found nothing wrong with the Fall River pool. We’re paying a lot of money for salaries and benefits for inspectors that aren’t doing the minimum that their jobs require.

  • JohnC

    I agree with MaryAnn. Why is the daycare center being inspected for the same things by two different agencies?

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