DCS investigating local daycare after allegations of abuse and neglect

by: Chloe Morroni Updated:

BARTLETT, Tenn. - A Memphis mother is desperate for answers after being told her three-month-old son was left alone in a daycare bus for an hour and a half on Thursday morning.

As if that potential situation wasn't frustrating enough, the mother said when she confronted the center director, the woman denied anything happened.


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FOX13 has confirmed that the Department of Children’s Services and the Department of Human Services are both looking into allegations of abuse and neglect at Klassy Kids Academy in Bartlett.

A source with the center, who didn’t want to be identified, said the director is trying to cover up what happened.

Tiara Johnson pulled her son Tyler out of the daycare center for good on Friday.

“I'm just emotional about the whole situation. I just know my little baby was sitting there, innocent, not knowing anything is going to happen to him, he don't know what's going on,” said Johnson.

The source told us the center director told employees not to say anything about the incident or they'd be fired, but we're told a worker took it upon themselves to call DCS and Tiara Johnson.

Johnson told us the director told her it was just "inside drama".

When we tried to talk to the director she said, "No comment." She told us to leave and slammed the door.

FOX13 tried to track down the daycare owner at another Klassy Kids Academy property, but employees there ran inside and locked the door.

We did some digging and found there have been no Department of Human Services violations at the Klassy Kids Academy in Bartlett dating back to 2013, but Johnson said she will be closely following the current investigation.

“I'm angry. I'm upset. I just want to know what happened," Johnson said.

A DCS spokesperson told FOX13 the agency has 60 days to complete its investigation.


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