CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – More allegations of child abuse are surfacing nearly one week after 10 On Your Side first reported that authorities are investigating a Chesapeake daycare.
The investigation into the Deep Creek United Methodist Church Child Care Center began on June 12 when the city’s Department of Human Services informed the church of “allegations of inappropriate discipline of children by staff members,” according to a letter sent home to parents.
10 On Your Side has been investigating the allegations, and found that four childcare staffers have been put on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.
The Rev. Wayne Snead, the superintendent for the Elizabeth River District of the United Methodist Church, declined to comment on whether any employee had been formally fired from the daycare.
Officer L. Kosinski confirmed that the Chesapeake Police Department is also investigating. Police have taken seven reports of child abuse since last week stemming from incidents that allegedly occurred at the daycare.
All seven reports were made by parents on behalf of their children, Kosinski said.
On Tuesday, Frank DeArmond, the father of a 2-year-old who used to attend the daycare, spoke with 10 On Your Side.
Armond said that a staff member grabbed his son by his face and shoved him into a wall.
“I was livid,” he said.
DeArmond took his son out of the church daycare last Monday and filed a police report of child abuse and neglect.
A former employee – who asked to remain anonymous – said she had a similar experience with the same staff member DeArmond said allegedly assaulted his child.
“She grabbed my face when she was yelling at me just like she would do the kids. She would hold their cheeks really tight and hold her finger over their mouth so they couldn’t talk,” the former employee said.
Kosinski and Snead confirmed that the investigation into the childcare center is still ongoing.