LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has asked a Louisville judge to close a local daycare that is taking care of at least 18 children, despite being denied a license.

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Jefferson Circuit Court, the state argued that Quality Child Care II located in the 7600 block of 3rd Street was denied a license on July 10, "due to false information submitted" on its application.

Despite the rejection, Quality Child Care and its owner, William James Owen, is illegally running the daycare, placing the children "in a position to suffer immediate and irreparable injury," the cabinet said.

On Friday morning, the cabinet will ask Jefferson Circuit Court Ann Bailey Smith to issue a restraining order preventing Owen from operating the daycare.

On Tuesday, a cabinet employee inspected Quality Child Care II and observed 18 children being supervised by three adults, according to the lawsuit. The cabinet worker interviewed the former owner of the daycare, who said Owen knew the application license has been rejected, the suit said.

The state claims the application included altered and false information for some employees, according to the suit.

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