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Day care will not appeal revocation of license

Toddler allegedly suffered severe burns at center

POSTED: July 22, 2014 9:45 p.m.

A Clermont day care at the center of the burned 16-month-old toddler investigation on Tuesday informed the Department of Early Care and Learning it would not appeal its license revocation.

Discovering Basics, which received a license revocation on July 11 from the state child care agency, sent a letter informing the agency of its intent not to appeal, said Reg Griffin, DECAL’s chief communications officer.

The alleged burning is believed to have taken place at the Clermont center around 10 a.m. on June 13, according to Hall County investigators. Owner Minnie “Sue” Dupree, 66, site director Tara Miller, 40, both of Gainesville, and employee Eddye Pittmon, 55, of Talmo, were arrested on charges relating to the second- and third-degree burns of Damon Gaddis. Miller is Dupree’s daughter.

Dupree is charged with influencing testimony, having allegedly intimidated an employee to delete photographic evidence. Miller is charged with second-degree child cruelty, allegedly having knowledge of the injury and not seeking medical attention. Pittmon faces a charge of first-degree child cruelty.

All three cases moved on to Superior Court on July 11.

The center has been closed since June 24.

Jim Walters, attorney for Dupree concerning Discovering Basics, could not be reached for comment.

Griffin said the day care can apply for a license again in one year.


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