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Police search Roanoke Rapids child care center, parental complaints build

Posted November 18, 2019 2:41 p.m. EST
Updated November 18, 2019 5:19 p.m. EST

— Roanoke Rapids police on Monday searched a child care center after a complaint about physical abuse.

What started as a single complaint about Gingerbread House of the Roanoke Valley preschool on behalf of one child has grown in recent days. Chief of Police Bobby Martin said several parents and guardians have logged additional complaints of physical abuse.

He did not say whether the complaints were about a single employee or more than one person on the staff.

Gingerbread House, which rents space from First Baptist Church on Becker Drive, was inspected as recently as Nov. 13. At that time, the day care was found to have failed to complete a background check for an employee.

Overall, state records show no action taken against the Gingerbread House in the last three years.

Roanoke Rapids Police are working with North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Early Childhood Development Division on the investigation.

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