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DCF: Haughton daycare has history of state violations

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Investigators say they received a tip this week about the alleged abuse happening at the TLC Child Care and Learning Center, located in the 4600 block of Highway 80 East in Haughton, Louisiana. Investigators say they received a tip this week about the alleged abuse happening at the TLC Child Care and Learning Center, located in the 4600 block of Highway 80 East in Haughton, Louisiana.
Fanisty Kennon, 31 (Source: BPSO) Fanisty Kennon, 31 (Source: BPSO)
Antionikia Moncrief, 25 (Source: BPSO) Antionikia Moncrief, 25 (Source: BPSO)
Tronica Peterson, 23 (Source: BPSO) Tronica Peterson, 23 (Source: BPSO)
HAUGHTON, LA (KSLA) -

Authorities arrested three Ark-La-Tex daycare workers, accused of child abuse involving at least eight children, ranging in age from 1 to 4, in alleged incidents over the past two weeks.

Investigators say they received a tip this week about the alleged abuse happening at the TLC Child Care and Learning Center, located in the 4600 block of Highway 80 East in Haughton, Louisiana.

On Wednesday (5/15/13), the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office arrested 23 year old Tronica Peterson of Haughton and 25 year old Antionikia Moncrief of Minden. Each faces two counts of simple battery and cruelty to a juvenile. And, 31 year old Fanisty Kennon of Haughton faces six counts of simple battery. Authorities say Peterson videotaped several of the incidents.

Sheriff's Spokesman Lt. Bill Davis says all three workers confessed to the allegations, which included slapping children in the face, swatting them on the leg or head and pulling the ears of those eight children. "Yes, all three admitted to the actions. Kind of hard not to when you're caught on tape, as well. But nonetheless, all three did admit to the actions and all three were subsequently arrested, taken to jail."

Davis says none of the children required medical attention, and detectives have notified all parents of the children involved. All three women arrested were transported to the Bossier maximum security facility. Bonds were set at $6,000 each for Peterson and Moncrief and $3,000 for Kennon.

KSLA looked into recent state inspections of TLC Child Care and Learning Center. According to computer records available on the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services' web site, it shows 14 inspections on file. There are violations on at least eight of those inspections.

The inspection dates range from February 2010 until March of this year. In the past, TLC has been cited for not reporting accidents that required a trip to the emergency room. They have also been warned in the past for not keeping a record of reference checks for employees.

In January 2011, DCF cited the center for not taking proper notes on children who came to the daycare with an illness, bruises or other injuries. On that particular visit, the daycare was cited for not documenting how four different children were injured.

Then, just a month later in February 2011, a child came to the center with a black eye and a knot on his head. Again, DCF documents show that nothing was noted. Then again in May 2011, DCF found that three children on the same day came into the center with either scratches or bruises. But, the state report stated that the daycare did not document how the injuries happened.

Documents also show a history of not keeping a file of reference checks on the employees at the daycare. In the years 2013, 2011 and 2010 DCF stated that they failed to provide that documentation. Criminal record checks were also an issue. DCF also state that they could not find documentation on employees on two separate visits in 2011 and again on two visits in 2010.

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