Southfield child care facility's license suspended amid allegation thumbtack was pressed into child's back

Posted at 3:20 PM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 17:18:23-04

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WXYZ) — The State of Michigan has pulled the license of a Southfield child care facility amid allegations of inappropriate care.

Specifically, the state says on two different days, a staff member at ABC Early Learning Center on Telegraph hid a thumbtack between their fingers and made contact with children. In one of the incidents, the state says, the employee hugged a child while placing their palm on the child's back and pressing the thumbtack into the child's shoulder.

The state says the licensee of the facility, Brown Investment Group, failed to report the incidents, lied to LARA about their knowledge of what happened and failed to report it to the children's parents or Children's Protective Services. The license has been suspended, and the state has issued a notice of intent to revoke it.

Because of the suspension, Brown Investment Group cannot operate a child care facility at the current location of ABC Early Learning Center, or any other location, as of March 6. They must alo inform all of the parents of children in their car that their license has been suspended and that the center can no longer provide child care.

Brown Investment Group does have the right to appeal both the suspension and revocation and the case is currently listed as pending in the Michigan Administrative Hearing System, according to information provided by the state.