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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

October 6, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Parents of children who attended that Lee County home daycare, where a child died earlier this year, speak out in defense of the owner.

They charge the D.A. has political motivation for taking child cruelty charges against the home daycare owner to the Grand Jury later this month.

Nearly a dozen parents of children who attended Ann Fuller's Lee County home daycare center defend her. They say District Attorney Cecilia Cooper is taking child cruelty charges to the Grand Jury against Fuller just to get re-elected.

Tiffany McClung said "We think the D.A. has her own agenda. She is up for re-election. It's just a coincidence that October 27th, the date of the Grand Jury, is just a week before the next election. So it's all politically motivated at Ann's expense.

Stephanie Poore said "We've known Ann for five years. Been in that house. We love her. I know that all of this is false."

February 13th four month old Jace Hester was found not breathing in a back bedroom at Fuller's home daycare, and later died. The G.B.I. ruled there was no criminal negligence in Hester's death, but Investigators reported filthy conditions, like dog feces under the crib, and mold in the room.

The state agency that licenses day care centers reported 16 major rule violations and revoked Fuller's registration. She later closed her center. These parents say they were in Fuller's house everyday, and the charges are not true.

Deanna Julian said "Her house is always clean, it's always well kept. And we just love and respect her."

Julia LeCroy was in Fuller's home the day Hester died, and believes GBI and Lee County Sheriff's Investigators created the problems.

 LeCroy said "When I got there the house was clean. The cops came in. They shooed us out. The house got ransacked. The house was clean before we left the house."

 McClung said "We were in and out of that house everyday. There was no abuse."

Monday D.A. Cooper termed the parents charges "ridiculous", and said she "has never done anything in any case for political reasons." and still will take the case to the Grand Jury seeking indictment.

GBI Special Agent in Charge Danny Jackson said the parent's idea that Investigators disturbed the crime scene was "inaccurate."

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