Corinth child care center shut down over sexual and physical abuse allegations

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CORINTH, Miss. -- Mississippi authorities shut down a daycare center in Corinth over alleged sexual and physical abuse to at least six children.

The Mississippi Department of Health and the Alcorn County Sheriff's Department closed the Circle Y Child Care.

The daycare sits on the same property as Genesis Christian Academy for 1st through 12th grade, and a family center which includes mini golf and a petting zoo.

"You have to call and schedule stuff like that," said Tony Davis with the Alcorn County Sheriff's Office. "They've got a little park and do different stuff for kids and all that."

Sheriff Ben Caldwell says his department is currently investigating the situation that dates back for several weeks.

The suspension of license says those agencies have reasonable cause to believe the children were abused, "at the facility or on premises near the facility, while in the care of the facility."

No one has been arrested at this time.

The owner of the daycare refused to talk to WREG on Thursday but did send a message through a Sheriff's Deputy.

"He said he's not trying to be nasty about anything and appreciates you all being nice, but he wanted to talk to his lawyer before anything else was said."

The allegations are splitting the small community in half.

"I don't know the true story yet or the whole story. So, I'm not passing judgement on anyone," said Danny Meeks.

"I personally know both of them, the whole family. They're a well thought of family," he added.

"It's probably the most disgusting thing I've heard for anything around here," said Dylan Devlin, who lives right across the street from the center.  ""I'm glad they're shutting it down. There's no need to keep it going."

The Department of Health said there will  be a hearing regarding the daycare's license within 14 days if the owner requests it.




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