VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) - On January 14, 2020 an incident involving a daycare worker and a child occurred at a daycare in the 200 block of North St. Augustine Road.
Approximately two weeks later, the incident was reported to Valdosta Police Department (VPD), which began an investigation.
The investigation revealed that a former female daycare employee had physically assaulted a two-year-old child who attended the daycare.
VPD found that Pamela Carter and Brent Carter were told of the incident involving the child and the worker, but did not notify the child’s parents or the proper authorities.
Pamela Carter was charged with felony False statement, felony tampering with evidence, and misdemeanor failure to report child abuse.
Brent Carter was charged with felony tampering with evidence, and misdemeanor failure to report child abuse.
Pamela Carter and Brent Carter were taken to the Lowndes County Jail for pending judicial proceedings.
An arrest warrant has been issued for the employee who physically assaulted the child. Once that person is located and taken into custody, an additional press release will be made by VPD.
The Valdosta Police Department has worked in tandem with Bright From The Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning in investigating issues with the daycare.
Reg Griffin, Chief Communications Officer of Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, issued this statement Tuesday:
“On February 10, 2020, the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) issued intended order of emergency closure for two child care programs in Valdosta --- Tickle Me Pink Daycare and Learning Center, located at 252 North Saint Augustine Road, Valdosta GA 31601, and Tickle Me Pink – The Academy, located at 102/104 Kelly Drive, Valdosta GA 31601.
This action is taking place in conjunction with an investigation by Valdosta Police into allegations of inappropriate discipline at the first location. The provider has 48 hours to appeal the emergency closures to an administrative law judge with the Office of State Administrative Hearings (OSAH).
Parents impacted by this situation can connect with child care resources at www.allgakids.org or by calling the toll-free number 1-877-ALL GA KIDS. Parents will be assisted in locating quality child care options. DECAL provides this free service to parents. At DECAL, our top priority is the health and safety of our state’s young learners.”