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State investigating 5-year-old's injury at Gainesville child care center
Child believed to have hit her head on church pew
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A Department of Early Care and Learning investigator spent Tuesday in Gainesville looking into allegations concerning a child’s injury at a local child care provider.

DECAL Chief Communications Officer Reg Griffin said the agency received a call Monday from Gainesville police concerning a child care service at Rescue 2000 Church.

The allegation concerns a 5-year-old girl who is believed to have hit her head on a church pew. The mother, Griffin said, claims she was not notified of the injury.

“When the mother arrived, the child was asleep. (Workers) went and woke up the child and the mom noticed that she had swelling to the back of her head,” Griffin said of the allegation.

Attempts to reach a representative of the church were unsuccessful.

Gainesville police confirmed the age of the child but did not comment further, citing an open and active investigation.

The child care at the church had been exempt from licensing requirements since October 2011, Griffin said. Certain provisions concerning length of services, accepting payments and others allow a provider to be exempt.

Investigations like the one performed Tuesday involve an inspection regarding health and safety similar to licensed programs.

“We would go and look into those allegations and either substantiate or unsubstantiate the allegations,” Griffin said.

The center received a couple of calls in 2014 of “operating outside of their unlicensed, exempt capacity,” but these claims were not substantiated, Griffin said.

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