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Mom Claims Red Flags At Shuttered NH Day Care

By Michael Rosenfield, WBZ-TV New Hampshire Bureau Chief
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NEW HAMPTON, NH (CBS) – Annie’s Place-Children’s Learning Center was officially shut down on Friday after the New Hampton, New Hampshire day care had its license revoked.

New Hampton Police Chief Merritt D. Salmon says so far there are no criminal allegations.

But a mother whose 17-month-old son spent four-and-a-half months at the day care says she noticed some of the alleged issues that led to the closure.

“Looking back now it makes me sick to know I was putting him in that situation,” says a woman who only wanted to identify herself as Ashley. “I would say that my experience was not pleasant.”

Ashley says Annie’s Place and owner Ann Mitchell came highly recommended, but that she quickly had concerns.

“She was rude, very short, and as far as the kids were concerned it seemed like they were in the way as opposed to her primary concern,” said Ashley.

State investigators outlined a number of allegations this week in a blistering report, which accused the day care’s owner of yelling at children and rough handling as well.

“A few times I noticed her jerking my son up off the floor or off of the toy he was playing with when I showed up to pick him up,” said Ashley.

The state says Mitchell would also tuck children in too tightly under tightly-wrapped sheets, which could have hindered their breathing.

According to the report, Mitchell said she was “just training them to sleep.”

WBZ-TV has reached out to Annie’s Place both in person and over the phone for two days but no one has responded other than to call police.

Mitchell can appeal the case at a hearing in May.

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