FBI and state agents raid child care center in Minneapolis


There was drama in Minneapolis on Wednesday morning when the FBI and Minnesota Department of Human Services raided a day care center.

KSTP reports that federal and DHS investigators spent most of the day inside the Salama Child Care Center at 1411 Nicollet Ave. S., and hauled away boxes and computers.

The center was searched while some children were inside the building; at one point, several of them were taken outside for a brief recess. Parents who came to drop off their kids for the day were turned away at the door, KSTP notes.

An FBI spokesman told KARE 11 the raid was part of an active investigation, but would not provide any additional information other than to say a search warrant was executed.

The TV station notes that the center has a record of violations with the DHS, which include a lack of teacher and employee training, faulty equipment, and a lack of nutritious meals.

According to the Star Tribune, some of the violations include children being exposed to electrical cords and a hot steam table, and the center failing to keep documentation showing that six staff members received training concerning "shaken baby syndrome."

The newspaper adds the Salama Child Care Center in St. Cloud had its license revoked in summer 2013 for multiple safety violations – in one case, staff didn't notice a child had wandered away from the facility for 90 minutes.

Nobody has commented yet from the center, which is licensed to care for 60 children. Its website was taken down on Wednesday.

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