LI daycare center investigated for child abuse

March 26, 2009 2:40:08 PM PDT
Officials are investigating a daycare center on Long Island after a report that a 2-year old was tied to a chair with a bed sheet. The incident allegedly happened Friday at a Tutor Time in Ronkonkoma. .

Parents with children at the facility said they were called at home by staff, and given only minimal information regarding a teacher using "improper restraint."

They said it involved a female teacher who was fired after a parent complained that his 2-year old girl was tied to a chair with a bed sheet Friday. Parents picking up their children today said they've heard different stories, including the allegations that a teacher tied a little girl to a chair to restrain her.

"The child is okay the teacher has been let go, and that's all I heard," said parent Roger Ting.

Ting added that the teacher under investigation taught his children in the past, and described her as a woman in her late fifties who is respected by parents and kids alike.

"They said it was an inappropriate use of restraint," said parent Diana Hampo. "I don't think I believe it. I don't think my daughter's teacher would do that."

In a written statement, Tutor Time officials said, ''Upon becoming aware of this matter, we immediately contacted the parents and the proper authorities, who are conducting a full investigation into this matter."

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services, which oversees all daycare facilities in the state, confirmed that they are investigating the allegation. The agency said, ''We did hear about a potential violation on Monday to our rules. It was reported by Tutor Time itself. Our investigators are currently looking for any violations."

According to the agency, Tutor Time has had three incidents since it opened in 2003, all listed in the Safety Health Hazard category. .

But by all accounts, those incidents are considered minor and have been resolved. .

The state did confirm that the facility is properly licensed, and that is was last inspected in August 2008.

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