LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On Friday, a Louisville judge issued a temporary restraining order against Quality Child Care, a south Louisville daycare accused of operating a license.

The move comes after a request from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services that the daycare remain closed.

According to a lawsuit, the William Owen's daycare was open for business despite being denied a renewal -- but the daycare abruptly closed its doors this week.

Beth Fisher is public information officer for the cabinet for health and family services and told us by phone the owner applied for renewal with the Office of Inspector General after the center's current license expired in April.

"The office of inspector general sent their investigators to the center and that's when they found that they were operating without a license and they were providing care to children,"  Fischer said. "After a thorough review of their application had determined that the applicant had falsified documents presented to the OIG as part of their licensure process."

On Thursday, a vacant building,  high grass, cracked windows and mail shoved in the door, but according to the lawsuit, the childcare center was open for business just a few days ago.

"A subsequent investigation by the office of the inspector general found that the center was in operation and had been providing childcare to numerous children without an appropriate license, which is illegal in the state of Kentucky," Fisher said.

Meanwhile, Fisher also gives us some insight into why the renewal was denied.

"I believe they were related to employee background checks and checks for child abuse and neglect," she said.
The case is expected to be heard by a judge Friday.

We did try contacting the owner of the daycare but could not find him. 

Meanwhile, the cabinet for health and family services is stepping up efforts to crack down on childcare centers that operate without a license. So far, 16 of them have been shut down this year.

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