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Owensboro daycare under investigation after incident with teacher, student

OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -

A criminal investigation is underway after Tiffany Webb says her three-year-old child was hit by a teacher at H.L. Neblett Community Center in Owensboro.

Webb says she got a call from a daycare center employee around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26, who asked her to pick up her kids because they were misbehaving. She says she received another call around 5:30 p.m. from the center saying a teacher was let go for punching her young son in the back.

That’s when Webb filed a police report.

Executive Director for the daycare, Rick Searcy, says they followed all protocol when the incident took place; the center called the Kentucky Division of Regulated Child Care and Social Services, and they conducted their own internal investigation and let the employee go, but wouldn’t reveal why.

Webb says she’s glad the teacher was let go, but wants to see more done.

“There needs to be cameras in all daycares,” Webb said. “It needs to be law, because this is a he-said she-said cause, and I don’t want this to get swept under the rug.”

Neblett Center officials say they’re looking into purchasing cameras.

Webb’s children still attend the daycare, but Webb says she’s in the process of taking them somewhere else.

Police say the Daviess County attorney is investigating the case to see if any criminal charges will be filed.

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