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State closes daycare center after sheriff claims worker intentionally dropped infant

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Published: Jul. 2, 2019 at 1:57 PM EDT
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The state has shut down an Eastern Carolina daycare center, three weeks after an infant was injured at the facility.

Childcare Network's corporate office confirms that as of yesterday they closed their Sneads Ferry location.

"The safety and well-being of the children we serve is, and always will be, Childcare Network’s foremost priority," said the statement to WITN News. "We continue to cooperate fully with the ongoing state and local investigations into an injury to a child in an infant care room on June 10."

Bethan Pringle, 23, was charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury 10 days after the 11-month old boy was injured.

The company said it fired Pringle and another teacher who were responsible for the care of the child that day. They have also fired the school's director and closed infant care rooms on June 21st.

Childcare Network said it is working to "restore the state's, the parents', and the community's trust" at its Sneads Ferry location.

Col. Chris Thomas said this morning that deputies were still investigating and reviewing surveillance video from the daycare. He said there is a potential for more charges in the case.

WITN has reached out to the state Department of Health & Human Services to get specifics on the license revocation.

The state inspected the facility the day after the infant was injured. It lists their classification as "superior", getting 221 out of 235 points.

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