Police investigating abuse allegations at Greenport daycare
Bill Williams is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media police are currently investigating allegations of child abuse at the Columbia Children’s Center daycare facility in Greenport. The inquiry is centered around an unidentified female employee who is no longer reporting to work, said attorney Michael Howard, who represents the Children’s Center. State police said September 9, they are looking at several accusations of physical abuse at the facility, located at 142 Union Turnpike. Aaron Hicks, public information officer for state police Troop K said no arrests have been made and the center remains open. The center acknowledged the investigation in a letter on September 10, to parents and guardians of the children in its care. “It is with heavy hearts that we share this update: Currently, there is an investigation looking into alleged child abuse at the center. The employee is no longer reporting to work,” Center Founder and Director Nancy H. Smith said. “The daycare center will remain open and the safety of your child, all children, is our priority. We also understand the need for more information. Unfortunately, while an investigation is taking place we are unable to share any more details at this time,” she said. Police want to speak with parents, either current or former clients of the center. Anyone with information is asked to call 845-677-7300 and refer to case No. 10439195. The center has been at its current location since 1991, offering daycare and preschool for children six weeks to 5 years of age. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.