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Day care investigated after toddler burned
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Authorities are investigating a Clermont day care center after a toddler received second- and third-degree burns.

The toddler was picked up Friday and later evaluated at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, then taken to the burn center in Augusta and found to have suffered burns on his lower stomach and entire left leg, according to Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deputy Nicole Bailes.

The Division of Family and Children’s Services and Bright from the Start, Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning, are joining the sheriff’s office in the investigation of Discovering Basics day care.

The supposed timeline, Bailes said, is the child was taken to a quick-care center Friday afternoon after leaving the day care. The quick-care center suggested a transfer to an emergency room, where the child was treated and returned home.

“On Saturday, the child started a presenting fever and that sort of thing, so the mother took him back to the ER,” Bailes said.

Bailes said the mother alleges her son “came home with some sort of lotion or topical cream that was placed on the burn at the day care,” although Bailes has not confirmed that.

On Bright from the Start’s website, four inspection reports are listed for Discovering Basics. The most recent inspection report is dated for March 13 as a monitoring visit. The center was deemed compliant for the end of fiscal year 2012, fiscal year 2013 and is projected to be compliant for fiscal year 2014.

No charges have been filed.

Discovering Basics had no comment.

“We’re working right now interviewing employees at the day care and that sort of thing, working on gathering evidence at this point,” Bailes said. “So we’re not exactly to determining if it’s going to be a criminal matter as of yet.”