State cites day care attended by murdered 4-year-old Euclid girl

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CLEVELAND -- The FOX 8 I-Team has learned a state agency has cited a local day care for not reporting to social workers multiple signs of abuse involving a little girl recently murdered.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services cited the Harbor Crest Day Care in Euclid saying it “failed to immediately notify their local public children services agency of suspicions that a child had been abused or neglected."

The agency also says the day care didn’t notify the state last year when the child went to the hospital after concerns about injuries were spotted.

A police report shows more than a dozen incidents documented by Harbor Crest dating back two and a half years.

The findings mark the latest twist in a series of investigations surrounding the death of 4-year-old Aniya Day-Garrett.

Euclid police say the child was recently murdered by her mother and mom’s boyfriend. Police say they got a call from the Harbor Crest Day Care last May and sent the child to the hospital. At that time, they learned of the other incidents of suspected abuse noted by day care workers.

A police report shows, at that time, officers called a county social worker.

Since the child’s death, Cuyahoga County has set up an outside panel to review what social workers knew and did and when.

The child’s father had been fighting in juvenile court to get custody of the little girl saying he had been reporting to authorities the girl was in danger.

The Department of Job and Family Services is also reviewing how the county handled any complaints about Aniya.

Meantime, the I-Team has obtained two years of regular, routine state reviews of the work of county case workers. Those reviews show concerns dating back years for when case workers did and didn’t make face-to-face visits with families, how they documented action in cases, and more.

The county says it developed action plans each time to address concerns raised by the state agency.

However, the county is not revealing how many complaints it received and when for the case of Aniya. The county cites privacy of callers to a hotline and the ongoing investigation.

At the day care, no one answered the door when we showed up on Tuesday, though we saw adults and children inside. No one returned a phone message either.

A police report shows many of the old incidents of suspected abuse noticed at the day care were documented by previous owners of the day care.

The facility now gets a chance to respond to the state inquiry. That response for “corrective action” is expected by the end of the day Wednesday.

The citation just issued shows other concerns at the day care raised by the state a long time ago that had not been addressed. All of this, of course, could have an impact on the facility’s license.

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