A west Pasco daycare facility is under investigation by state and local authorities for a Dec. 15 incident.
Family members say two children were left unsupervised in a daycare center van for more than an hour, according to televised reports.
Heart-n-Home, 7208 W. Argent Road, is under investigation by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, state Department of Early Learning and Child Protective Services, officials confirmed Thursday. But they declined to give details of the case.
“We’re not able to confirm or deny any specifics,” said Sheriff’s Detective Lee Barrow.
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The investigation should be concluded by the end of the week, he said.
The Department of Early Learning is not involved in the criminal investigation, but would determine licensing status of the daycare and people who work there, spokesman Mark Varadian said.
“(The Department of Early Learning is) probably going to wait to see what law enforcement does before they determine whether to be involved,” he Varadian said.
Heart-n-Home has been licensed since 2007 for up to 50 children between 2 1/2 and 13 years old, according to the state.
The Department of Early Learning cited the facility in 2012 after a staff member or parent spanked a child on the premises. The person was told about the center’s behavior management policies and verbally retrained on the day of the incident.
The daycare is owned by Christi and Stacey Longoria, according to its website.
An employee of the daycare declined to comment Thursday.