Employee loses job in child-care incident

August 10, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

An employee at a private child-care program lost her job after two 6-year-old boys wandered away from the program, a state official said Friday.

"That person is no longer employed (there)," said Elyn Jones, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Human Resources.

She would not name the employee.

Matthew Eaton and Kevin Griffin walked away from School-Age Child Care, a private program at Eastern Elementary School, on Aug. 2. They trekked about three-fourths of a mile along Dual Highway before a motorist took them to the Hagerstown Police Department.

Jones said Friday that the Department of Human Resources, which oversees the licensing of child-care centers in the state, has finished investigating the incident.

The immediate removal of the employee was part of the solution, Jones said.

"A major issue was a staff person not tending to the persons in her charge," she said.

Jones said a "compliance agreement" reinforces requirements for staffing and supervision and allows the program to continue. Also, the program is subject to additional random inspections.


According to the department, School-Age Child Care is licensed to care for 60 children. On Aug. 2, there were 39 children at the program, Jones said.

School-Age Child Care Administrator Dee Snyder did not return a call for comment Friday afternoon.

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