VALDOSTA, GA. (WTXL) — Both Tickle Me Pink daycares in Valdosta have been shut down after the owners were arrested for failing to report "inappropriate discipline" on a 2-year-old child by a former employee.
An order for emergency closure of Tickle Me Pink Daycare and Learning Center located at 252 North Saint Augustine Road and Tickle Me Pink – The Academy located at 102/104 Kelly Drive was issued Monday.
The sign on the door at Tinkle Me Pink Daycare in Valdosta says closed. The Georgia Departmemt is Early Care and Learning shut it down yesterday after reports of physical abuse at the daycare. Tonight at 6, hear from investigators about what they uncovered. @abc27 pic.twitter.com/oTmpbgDGKA— Jada E. Williams (@JadaEWilliams) February 11, 2020
The closure follows the arrest of the owners for allegedly failing to report a physical assault that involved a 2-year-old child and another employee at the daycare.
Further investigation determined that the daycare owners, Pamela Carter, 47, and Brent Carter, 49, were told of the incident involving the child and the worker but did not notify the child’s parents or the proper authorities.
Pamela and Brent Carter were taken into custody by officers and transported to the Lowndes County Jail.
Officers say an arrest warrant has been issued for the employee who physically assaulted the child. At this time, police are still investigating and searching for the employee.