Kentwood day care shut down after state investigation

Kent County
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KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — The state has shut down a Kentwood home day care where a child living in the household allegedly inappropriately touched children who attended the day care.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced Friday it had revoked the child care license of Sally Ann Hulbert for supervision and documentation issues.

For 25 years, Hulbert operated a day care out of her home on Maplelawn Street SE, between Division and Jefferson avenues. Her license allowed her to care for up to six children.

According to the state suspension order, on Aug. 15, a child living in Hulbert’s household was alone with a young boy and a young girl in the nap room after naptime when the household member inappropriately touched the girl and had both children inappropriately touch each other.

The state complaint says Hulbert was in another room at the time of the incident. Additionally, LARA said one of the toddler’s mothers noted that when her child accused the young household member of a sex act, Hulbert was unsure if the incident happened because she was taking an online class in the playroom while the children were in the nap room.

Hulbert denied the allegation and told 24 Hour News 8 the incident could not have occurred because her child was never alone with the two toddlers in question. She did acknowledge to investigators her child — a preteen —  sometimes read in the nap room while other children were there.

State inspectors say one of the toddlers had a history of inapropriately touching other children. Hulbert told 24 Hour News 8 she believes something did happen to the toddler with the history of inappropriate behavior, but she says it did not happen at her daycare. She said she’d tried to talk to the toddler’s mother about the child’s inappropriate actions, but the mother never made herself available. Hulbert said she and the toddler’s mom “did not have the best rapport.”  

LARA also said the young household member who allegedly instigated the Aug. 15 incident had anger issues and Hulbert never provided documentation that the child was fit to be in the presence of other children, which is required by the state.

Furthermore, LARA said the child who sparked the incident told inspectors that Hulbert would lay on the couch in the living room while the children napped in the other room, and Hulbert was usually on her computer looking at Facebook while the children played.

Hulbert pointed out that she was the one who contacted Children’s Protective Services to try to get to the bottom of what happened. She said she welcomes an investigation and will fight to keep her license.

Hulbert will have a week from the time of the order to notify the state that she plans to appeal the suspension.

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