Blue Springs daycare shut down after report of abuse - KCTV5

Blue Springs daycare shut down after report of abuse

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BLUE SPRINGS, MO (KCTV) -

The state of Missouri has stepped in and shut down a Blue Springs daycare, all because of what it says happened to a little boy.

The future of the daycare, which has operated out of a home since 1990, is now uncertain.  This comes as the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has suspended its operating license.

State officials say the owner, Mary K. Douglas, slapped and abused a 17-month-old boy in her care last week.

Douglas is also accused of using a rope to tie the boy down during a nap and slamming his head repeatedly against a cabinet.

According to the report, Douglas later admitted to tying the boy down, telling the investigator she thought that would help relax him.

The complaint came in last week when the boy's mother picked him up and noticed red streaks on the side of his face, a swollen eyelid and bruised elbow.

"It is a nice, quiet neighborhood. We live on a cul-de-sac, so not a whole lot is going on here.  Kids are always playing on the street," said Ken Johnson, who lives next door to the daycare.

Johnson said there are about 20 children who come to the home for daycare. He has never seen any signs that could point to abuse.

"Surprised. I've met both of them. They are a really good couple. They always seem to take care of their kids real well. Haven't had any problems that I've noticed," Johnson said.

Investigators also interviewed another child at the day care. They say he saw Douglas slap the toddler.

Douglas was unavailable for comment.

She can appeal this decision to pull her license and has 10 days to file an appeal.

KCTV5's Laura McCallister contributed to this report.

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