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Norco day care center under investigation

September 19, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A day care center in Riverside County has been shut down, but so far no arrests have been made in the case. The alleged abuse took place at a caregiver's house in Norco. The official notification on the residence explains that the center is closed by order of the State Licensing Board. It was closed on August 29.

"When the medical staff at the hospital examined the child they noticed some injuries that were consistent with physical abuse. Investigators were called an now we are taking over the case," said Jerry Franchville, Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

The official revocation notice explained that an 8-month-old baby girl in Connie Barrett's care stopped breathing.

Paramedics were called and the child was taken to the hospital and she survived.

Hospital officials say that the 8-month-old child suffered injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

A criminal investigation is underway.

"As we started investigating, we started contacting other people who trust their child with this day care. We found some other victims as well. So now we are concerned that there might be victims out there that we do not know about," said Franchville.

The State Licensing Board can move very quickly on even strong suspicions of abuse in any day care center. Criminal charges are more difficult to file.

Barrett told a local paper, "This is killing me. I love the children."

Neighbors who know Barrett well are surprised that the investigation is moving forward.

 

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