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Meridian daycare shut down after multiple health and safety violations

Some of the violations included rodent feces in the kitchen pantry and uncovered electrical outlets in the indoor playroom.
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MERIDIAN, Idaho — Healthy Beginnings Childcare in Meridian was closed down two weeks ago after multiple investigations showed the daycare failed to maintain proper standards.

Violations included employees caring for too many children at one time, lacking proper credentials to care for children, or not having a background check on file with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, according to a press release by the department.

Officials say the daycare, which is located on Linder Road in Meridian, was investigated on June 6, June 21, July 22, August 27 and August 29 before the department suspended and revoked their daycare license that went into effect on August 30.

Other violations, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, included an employee who was a minor supervising children without an adult in the room, a child vomiting and not being taken away from other children, ants and rodent feces found in the kitchen pantry, no soap in the children's' bathroom, an electrical outlet left uncovered in the indoor playroom, among others.

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Following the Central District Health Department's inspections and investigations, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare deemed that Healthy Beginnings Childcare failed to meet the state's requirements.

Health and Welfare now says the owner, Kathleen Lawrence, cannot operate a childcare facility for five years.

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