On March 12th, 2013

State Investigators: Bay Area Childcare Teachers Investigated

Investigators with the state Department of Social Services (DSS) are looking into two separate cases where teachers allegedly endangered children.

DSS has forbidden a teacher at Centerpointe Christian Preschool in Pleasanton from working at the center after complaints she tied-up a toddler who refused to take a nap.  The teacher has not been arrested and no charges have been filed.  According to reports there is a picture of the child, her hands and ankles bound with tape.  The school notified DSS when it became aware of the incident.

In a separate case,  the state and Morgan Hill police are looking into accusations a daycare worker put sleeping pills into toddlers' drinks prior to naptime.  Deborah Gratz, 59, of Holister was arrested and also fired from the Kiddie Academy Childcare Facility.  

"No parent should have to worry to this extent when entrusting their child to a licensed childcare facility," said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA)  President Alan Barcelona.  "Our CSLEA members who are investigators in DSS have the expertise needed to investigate these kinds of cases and see them through to prosecution."

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