Sedalia daycare planned next to nursing home housing sex offenders
SEDALIA - A new daycare is trying to open up for business, but it’s right next to a nursing home that houses 235 people, including eleven sex offenders.
Four Seasons on Highway TT cares for people with alcohol and drug dependencies and serious behavioral issues. Some of their residents were deemed incapable of caring for themselves and were placed there by public administrators.
Lil’ Mouse Academy wants to open next door to the nursing home, with only a patch of grass and six foot tall chain link fence separating the two buildings.
Brandy Arment, the administrator of Four Seasons, says she doesn’t think that this is a good idea.
“Being a mother of four it was kind of scary to me, you know we do have the law set up, 1,000 feet, a sex offender can’t move in to a house that’s by a school, a daycare, any of that. So for me it was kind of overwhelming a little bit,” Arment said.
Arment said she felt the need to call the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the organization responsible for issuing a license.
“I made numerous calls to the licensing company just to say hey we do have sex offenders in our building, I’m not sure a daycare with a six foot fence is going to keep the children protected as well as my residents protected,” she said. “I can’t guarantee my residents aren’t going to get out of my building, I am a secured building, but a lot of them have rights to go out,” Arment added.
The daycares owner, Angela Nichole Galvez, applied for a license with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The license is still pending and has not yet been approved.
Arment tried to reach out to the owner, but received no response.
“I have called a couple of times in the beginning just to see was that really the plan, because honestly I thought there was no way anybody would think about putting a daycare here. Anyone can go online and find a registry of sex offenders,” she said.
KOMU 8 also reached out to Angela Nichole Galvez, who applied for the daycare's license, but did not receive a response.
Arment said she just wanted to be proactive in a situation like this.
“I hope that people look at this and understand what we truly do here. Our residents have to have a place to live, regardless of their past, regardless of their history they need a place to go. They can be in a secure place like this where there are eyes on them to help protect them and protect other people or we can let them out on the streets and you never know what’s going to happen,” she said.