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Bossier Parish daycare center with troubled past to shut down

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A Bossier Parish daycare with a troubled past is closing its doors on Friday. Three former workers at TLC Child Care and Learning Center, Fanisty Kennon, Antionikia Moncrief and Tronica Peterson were arrested last May, accused of hurting eight children.

According to the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office, the charges of cruelty to a juvenile were because Peterson slapped a 2-year-old harshly on the back of the head, and in another incident, Moncrief chased a 2-year-old across the playground and slapped the child in the face.  Both incidents were caught on camera.  

Kennon admitted to detectives that on two separate occasions she pulled the ears of two small children and thumped the ear of a 4-year-old.   

None of the children required medical attention, and detectives have notified all parents of the children involved.

According to the daycare owner, the alleged child abuse incident had nothing to do with his decision to close. But family members claim they were told only days ago about the daycare shutdown and haven't been told why. "I want to know why we weren't notified with enough time to make arrangements," said Jeff Patterson, who helps take care of his six and seven year old nieces who attend the daycare center.  

Patterson explained that it was just last Friday, daycare workers gave them a notice the center would shut down in just 7 days. "Nothing but a letter, no explanation as to why," he said and because Patterson said a clear reason wasn't given, KSLA News 12 decided to track down the owner William Chase ourselves.  After initially dodging several of our questions, he finally talked. "I'm way to old for this and I decided to retire, that's all about it," said Chase.
 
But with such short notice, Patterson's family is scrambling to find another daycare center that accepts the state's childcare assistance program. Patterson said the nearest one is already full, another reason why he feels the short notice is short changing families. "If they were to tell us at the first of the year, there could have been arrangements made with another one of the daycare's," said Patterson.
     
We asked a spokesman of the Department of Children and Family services, if the center was breaking any rules by giving such short notice. But the DCFS said licensing requirements don't mandate daycare centers give any notice their closing, and any notice given is completely up to the business owner.  

"A weeks notice, it's just a loss for all of us," said Patterson.

A representative with the DCFS wasn't able to confirm the daycare center's current licensing status, because their office is closed because of the weather.  

The three woman accused of hurting children at the daycare are all due in court soon. Tronica Peterson's trial date is set for February 10th, Antionika Moncrief will be court on March 19th for a status hearing, and Fanisty Kennon who pleaded guilty to four counts of child cruelty, will be sentenced on May 6th. 

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