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Judge issues temporary restraining order against local daycare

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A judge has ordered a temporary restraining order against a local daycare for operating without a license -- and now parents are in a pinch to find care.

On Friday, 5-year-old Serenity Hardin spent much of the day jumping rope, hoping to master the skill before school starts. Meanwhile, her mom had even bigger worries as summer came to an end.

"A little nervous," said Sarah Hardin. "I'm gonna have to get on the phone and make some phone calls and try to find another daycare for her."

The single mom enrolled her daughter in an after-school program at Quality Child Care II in Louisville -- but after learning the daycare was operating illegally, Hardin grew concerned.

"I enrolled her at the daycare in March," she said. "And then...April 20, I was told I would have to find another daycare for three weeks because they were being shut down. They said it was due to paperwork."

"They said that they got everything together as far as the paperwork," she added. "They said that they were going to be opening up again."

State officials learned they were indeed open again, operating without a license. State Surveyor April Rhodes says she found 18 kids and three adults in the daycare Tuesday, and a full attendance sheet for the month of July.

The daycare now sits empty, with broken windows and mail shoved in the door.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services denied the daycare a license earlier this month. Officials say daycare owner William James Owens provided false and altered information when applying. The state found that Child Abuse or Neglect background forms had been altered for two employees. 

"It makes me feel they are maybe hiding something," Hardin said. "I would like to know what exactly are they hiding."

While state officials didn't find any concrete evidence of child abuse, they say what they found in the investigation caused suspicion. Officials say a woman who was listed as director on the application told the owner she was no longer affiliated with the daycare, but he put her name down anyway.

Two tuberculosis screening documents had improper stamping and lacked a nurse signature. The state's findings were enough for the judge to pull the plug until further review.

In the meantime, Serenity will continue to be one with the rope as her mother scrambles to find a new day care.

A preliminary injunction hearing will be held on the 13th, and the state hopes that the temporary restraining order will be made permanent.

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