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Investigation launched on baby alone left at Albany day care

Alleged Albany day care abandonment investigated

ALBANY — The Atlanta-based Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning issued a statement this week that the agency has launched an investigation into the Albany day care center where workers are alleged to have left a small child alone in the building last week.

According to Albany Police, the child’s mother had left the 11-month old boy at Childcare Network No. 215 on Brierwood Road last Wednesday. After discovering the child had not been picked up by a friend, the mother told police went to the day care facility and could hear the child crying from his crib on the inside of the building.

She contends the child was left alone for about two and one half hours. Day care workers Glenda Spence and Virginia Thrower were arrested and charged with reckless conduct. Childcare Network quickly reported the incident themselves, state officials say.

“It is important to note than an investigation does not necessarily mean that any violations have occurred,” said Reg Griffin, chief communications officer for the state agency.

Griffin said that while steps are being taken for additional training and inspection of staff and facilities at Childcare Network No. 215, parents wishing to seek additional information or data on alternative quality child care can visit www.allgakids.org or call 1-877-ALL GA KIDS for more information.

In his statement, Griffin said that DECAL is responsible for meeting the child care and early education needs of Georgia’s children and their families and administers the nationally recognized Georgia’s Pre-K Program, licenses child care centers and home-based child care. It also administers Georgia’s Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program, federal nutrition programs, and manages voluntary quality enhancement programs, Griffin said.