Two day cares lose licenses for not reporting abuse in case of murdered 4-year-old

CLEVELAND-- The FOX 8 I-Team has learned the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is taking away the licenses of two Euclid day cares in the wake of the investigation into the death of 4-year-old Aniya Day Garrett.

Aniya had attended both day cares, and earlier the state cited both businesses for not reporting signs of abuse or neglect before she was murdered. Her mother and the mother’s boyfriend are facing charges for the murder.

Now, a spokesperson for the state agency overseeing day cares says certified letters have been sent to both day cares involved in this matter telling them their licenses are being revoked. The letters refer to the overall history of violations. Among the other findings, the state found both centers also did not have all workers go through a one-hour training on child abuse required by the state.

The action is being taken against the Get Ready, Set, Grow Childcare Center and the Harbor Crest Childcare Academy. Records show the administrator at Ready, Set, Grow had not even completed that child abuse training.

The businesses have 30 days to appeal. They can remain open during the appeal process.

Neither childcare center answered questions from the I-Team. At Get Ready, Set, Grow, a woman behind the door told the I-Team, “You have to leave.”

The I-Team broke the news of the new developments to Aniya’s father and to a child care worker who had once gone with Aniya to the hospital. Both told us earlier, they had spoken to county officials about suspected abuse of Aniya.

The child has made headlines in recent weeks for slipping through the cracks of the government system to protect kids.

Cuyahoga County leaders have an outside panel reviewing how child welfare workers handled the case. Initially, the county hoped to have that review finished by mid-May. Now, the outside panel has a meeting the last weekend in May, so the review will take longer.
Sierra Day, the child’s mother, and her boyfriend, Deonte Lewis, sit in jail. Their next court hearing is set for late this month. Their trial is set for October.

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