Day care owner accused of falsifying safety inspections

January 14, 2013 9:24:53 PM PST
Two pieces of paper are the reason a day care center has been shut down, and Child Protective Services is investigating.

The problems were discovered at the Just for Children Learning Academy off Windfern near Harvest Bend in northwest Houston. Its owner, Rhoda Strong, has voluntarily closed the doors to the facility. She now faces two felony counts.

CPS says all the children who attended that day care have been relocated.

It was a CPS inspection and a Harris County Fire Marshal's Office investigation that led to the charges against Strong, which include falsification of a fire and life safety inspection.

"It's very serious. It's of concern because the fire and health inspections are there to make sure the children are safe," CPS Spokeswoman Gwen Carter said. "They're required on a yearly basis, and it's important and imperative that they be done by a professional so once again, this is of grave concern."

Strong has operated the facility since 2000 and is licensed to hold house up to 150 children, but according to CPS, she's recently had about 20 each day.

CPS says it will wait until the case is resolved before determining whether her license might be revoked for life.

The agency also says this kind of violation is rare and not indicative of other day care providers.
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