Daycare under investigation had previous violations


MISSOULA, Mont. - A Missoula daycare under investigation by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has a history of regulation violations, according to public records found on the department's website.

NBC Montana told you last week that the day care, which state officials confirmed Wednesday is Tot Town Daycare, is under investigation for allegedly leaving a child in a car unattended.

Records show state regulators conducted a previous investigation in March after receiving a complaint, and found several violations, including the wrong child-to-staff ratio, and the improper reporting of a child's injuries.

Records show the daycare submitted a plan of correction, and its daycare license was renewed early this month.

New allegations that the daycare left a child in a car prompted another investigation by the Department of Public Health and Human Services.

The Missoula Police Department also confirmed they are investigating a Missoula daycare for similar allegations, but police officials would not specify which daycare it is.

A Tot Town employee said over the phone that the daycare had no comment.

In a letter, reportedly sent to parents, that was obtained by NBC Montana, the daycare director said there is insufficient evidence, at this point, to support the claim that a child was left in a vehicle, and that the child in question was not harmed in any way.

For a link to the letter, click here. To see the Department of Public Health and Human Services report, click here.

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