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State launches investigation at daycare after child left in van

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LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

The state is now investigating a Lee County daycare after a child was left in a van.

Representatives with the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) were at Wee Kare Monday interviewing workers, parents and children.

Officials say 4-year old Barrett Clinton was left on the van outside the daycare for nearly two hours Friday afternoon.  His mother said he cried himself to sleep that afternoon.

State officials say the person in charge of transportation is required to fill out a checklist. And staff members are supposed to check twice to make sure no child is left in a vehicle.

"What we try to determine is did those checks take place and if in fact they took place how would a child have then been left on a vehicle?" explained DECAL Commissioner Bobby Cagle. "In a situation like this, we consider this to be extremely serious because the fundamental responsibility of course of a childcare provider is that they provide supervision to the children to assure that they're not placed in any kind of danger."

Sheriff's investigators say workers were busy with a Valentine Day's party and forgot to check the van.

The state investigation is expected to be completed within 30 days and a report will determine if any action is needed.

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