Authorities have reportedly shut down a Hamden Township day care center, after a 2-year-old was allegedly choked while in the care of the center, according to state documents.
The state Department of Public Welfare has reportedly ordered all children to be removed from the Children’s Ark Early Learning Center in the 5000 block of Trindle Road.
A complaint was filed with authorities reportedly alleging a child was abused while in the care of the center. The 2-year-old suffered injuries that required overnight observation at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Hospital staff later notified Hampden Township police that the likely cause of the child’s injuries was manual strangulation, documents state. That in part led the DPW to issue an order Friday to close the day care center.
“Due to the nature of the violations and the injuries of the child, we found that there was gross incompetence, negligence and misconduct in operating the facility,” said Carey Miller, a DPW spokeswoman. “That’s why we had to take immediate action to protect the children of the facility.”
The facility’s owners have refused to cooperate with authorities and discuss the injured child’s care on the date of the alleged injury, documents state.
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