STATE ASSUMES CHILD CENTER PROBE

SAVANNAH, GA (February 20, 2013): State authorities have taken over the investigation into an illegal, unlicensed day care center that was closed by Chatham County fire marshals and Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Tuesday.

Investigators from the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services through the Department of Early Childcare and Learning (DECAL) advised SCMPD Special Victims Unit officers that they have opened an investigation of the business named at different times the George Town Child Care Center and the George Town Fitness Center at 1190 King George Blvd.

West Chatham Precinct officers were asked to accompany county authorities to deliver a cease and desist order from Chatham County Recorder’s Court and found one adult and a 14-year-old girl caring for 11 children, all age 4 or younger. When police arrived the adult locked the front door and left the center, leaving only the 14-year-old in charge.

Two operators of the center already had been charged by county authorities and were in Recorder’s Court Tuesday morning. Kimberly Denise Emerson, 47, and Erica Denise McKinney, 36, also known as Erica Hayward, were sentenced to 10 days in the Chatham County Detention Center for violating the court order.

Both women had significant arrest records in Savannah. Emerson has multiple drug arrests, prostitution, fraud and driving violations.

Records show the child care center had been closed down in Richmond Hill and most of the children attending were from the Richmond Hill area. Records were kept so poorly that police worked several hours to identify parents to advise them to pick up their children. A West ChathamPrecinct patrol car was stationed at the center today to assure that no parents were dropping off children.

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Court Tuesday morning. Kimberly Denise Emerson, 47, and Erica Denise McKinney, 36, also known as Erica Hayward, were sentenced to 10 days in the Chatham County Detention Center for violating the court order.

Both women had significant arrest records in Savannah. Emerson has multiple drug arrests, prostitution, fraud and driving violations.

Records show the child care center had been closed down in Richmond Hill and most of the children attending were from the Richmond Hill area. Records were kept so poorly that police worked several hours to identify parents to advise them to pick up their children. A patrol car was stationed at the center today to assure that no parents were dropping off children.

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