Henry County day care shut down after chickens found roaming play area

by: Rachel Stockman Updated:

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HENRY COUNTY, Ga. - A Henry County day care’s license was revoked by the state after being cited for numerous violations, including transportation problems and having chicken droppings around where children play.

The day care’s director said the inspector’s findings are “100 percent inaccurate.” The day care director claims the chickens were a learning tool.

“I would not send anyone to that day care; it was bad,” said Alexis Stodghill, who said she worked at the day care for a few weeks before she quit.
 
State inspectors cited the Meadowbrook Learning Academy for hazards like having the chickens in the play area and for finding droppings in several areas at the facility.
 
“One of them had died the day I was there and the children were playing with it. The owner, she was fine with it, she told them they could just bury it later that day,” Stodghill said.
 
Channel 2 Action News got a copy of the state investigative report from Bright from the Start.
 
The report found that staff left students alone in a room unsupervised. The report also found “active ant beds” and improper staff ratios.
 
The day care’s director said she was in the process of changing the center’s ownership, which is why she got shut down.
 
She also said the findings by the state are inaccurate and there were no droppings on the playground.

Arthur Williams, the director of Henry County Code Enforcement, said they cited the owner for operating without a license and for having livestock on a commercial property.
 
The director said she plans to open a day care in another location.


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