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Twin Cities daycare fined over claims staff member mistreated children

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Four children at a Twin Cities daycare were physically abused by a staff member, a state investigation has found.

According to a decision notice from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), Rainbow Montessori in Minneapolis has been ordered to pay a $1,200 fine for maltreatment.

A report made to the DHS alleged that a staff member slapped one child across the face, grabbed their arm and yelled at them.

The DHS investigated and found the staff member was responsible for physically abusing as many as four children on multiple dates between May and December 2015, and that the daycare was responsible for "neglect of the children."

They were also censured for failing to report the incidents, even though employees at the daycare were aware of the allegations involving the staff member in question.

"When asked why the incidents were not reported, the administrative staff persons said that they did not believe the incidents occurred because the staff person told them they did not happen," the DHS decision says.

The mother of one of the abused children told FOX 9 that their daughter would "beg" her not to go to school and says she's unhappy with that the daycare only received a fine.

The daycare did not give a comment to the TV station, but has until the end of the month to appeal and object to the version of events as set out by the DHS.

Both KARE 11 and KSTP reported Friday another daycare, in Ramsey, is currently under investigation by the DHS over allegations of mold and other misconduct.

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