TARGET 8: Day care closes amid lawsuits

1 year 1 month 3 weeks ago Monday, October 23 2017 Oct 23, 2017 Monday, October 23, 2017 10:00:00 PM CDT October 23, 2017 in Target 8
By: Karla Valcourt, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - A day care with a history of violating state regulations has closed its doors. 

The facility, Lots of Love Preschool and Childcare Center, first opened its doors in 2015.

KOMU 8 News reported on the center in July after former employee Shauna Kunzee said her boss had not paid her and other employees in months.

Kunzee, as well as several other former employees, said children were not getting fed properly.

In July, the Department of Health and Senior Services placed the center on probation after two babies escaped the facility's fenced playground. 

Despite its history of offenses, Kunzee said she doesn't think the state had anything to do with the center's closure. 

"She probably ran out of money," Kunzee said. "The word got around about Lots of Love."

According to court documents, several of the former employees filed in small claims court to receive payment from the owner, Kimberly Jones.

One employee filed for $752, another for $1,385, and another for $1,430. Since the owner did not appear in court after being summoned, the three employees won their cases in a default judgement. 

At least one of the former employees has received payment. 

Kunzee said her boss still owes her $1,200 for her work at the center. She said she plans to take Jones to small claims court soon. 

"I haven't been able to come up with the money to take her to court," Kunzee said.

Kunzee said though the center is closed, she is still recovering from its effects. 

"I'm just trying to get caught up on all my bills," Kunzee said. "My family is getting back in our routine."

KOMU 8 News found another lawsuit that involved the child care center. 

In August, a parent said a minor at the center sexually abused her 6-year-old daughter who has a mental disability. The mother sued the center and Jones for negligent supervision and negligent hiring.

According to case documents, the minor "forcefully used his finger to penetrate plaintiff's vagina and rectum."

On October 10, the family won the case in a default judgement after Jones "failed to file a timely answer or defend the lawsuit." The document stated damages would be accounted for later.

After the issues brought up in the last year at the center, KOMU 8 News spoke to a parent who said she is thankful she removed her daughter from Lots of Love. 

“It’s very sad to hear this happened at a day care here in town where you think these kids were safe," Samantha Cole said.

However, Kunzee said she wishes the state would have done more sooner. 

"It shouldn't have taken that long. There are children's lives at stake," Kunzee said.

Now, many are dealing with the aftermath of the day care's closing.

"I can say, 'Oh I’m happy that they’re closed,' but now several people are without income. Several children are displaced," Cole said.

KOMU 8 News tried to reach out to the owner of the day preschool, but she refused to cooperate. Target 8 will follow up with the state for the latest on the complaints against the center.

 

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
PERRYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A former county official from southeast Missouri already in prison on a conviction of exploiting the... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 15 2018 Dec 15, 2018 Saturday, December 15, 2018 7:09:52 AM CST December 15, 2018 in News
NEW BLOOMFIELD - The Holts Summit Police Department has offered to include New Bloomfield in its coverage area for the... More >>
2 days ago Friday, December 14 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 9:47:00 PM CST December 14, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- A federal judge in Texas said on Friday that the Affordable Care Act's individual coverage mandate is unconstitutional... More >>
2 days ago Friday, December 14 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 8:12:00 PM CST December 14, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON - A new report released Friday ranks Missouri 48th in the nation for tobacco use prevention programs. ... More >>
2 days ago Friday, December 14 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 8:08:00 PM CST December 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The South End Zone Project at Faurot Field is just over halfway through its construction timeline and people... More >>
2 days ago Friday, December 14 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 3:46:00 PM CST December 14, 2018 in News
FULTON - Connie Cashion is the 2018 winner for the city's Jane Bierdeman-Fike Humanitarian Award. The award goes to... More >>
2 days ago Friday, December 14 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 3:16:00 PM CST December 14, 2018 in News
FULTON - A Fulton nonprofit surpassed their volunteer goal and is able to give over 400 children a Christmas miracle.... More >>
2 days ago Friday, December 14 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 2:52:00 PM CST December 14, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - State Auditor Nicole Galloway will join the investigation into Josh Hawley's use of funds during his Senate... More >>
2 days ago Friday, December 14 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 2:44:00 PM CST December 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Students walking around MU's famous Quad may have seen an unexpected visitor Thursday. MU student Massimo Montalbano... More >>
2 days ago Friday, December 14 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 1:50:00 PM CST December 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The scooter company Lime announced it has taken its scooters out of Columbia for the immediate future. ... More >>
2 days ago Friday, December 14 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 1:49:00 PM CST December 14, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Nearly 40,000 people in the United States died by guns last year, marking the highest number of gun... More >>
2 days ago Friday, December 14 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 1:22:00 PM CST December 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The number of homeless people living in Boone County has increased in the past 10 years, according to... More >>
2 days ago Friday, December 14 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 12:52:00 PM CST December 14, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Johnson & Johnson's ( JNJ ) stock fell as much as 11% on Friday — on track for... More >>
2 days ago Friday, December 14 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 11:46:00 AM CST December 14, 2018 in News
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A bomb threat forced the evacuation of the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, a day... More >>
2 days ago Friday, December 14 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 11:39:38 AM CST December 14, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Facebook announced on Friday that the social network had exposed the private photos of millions of users without... More >>
2 days ago Friday, December 14 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 10:15:10 AM CST December 14, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- President Donald Trump's former attorney and "fixer" Michael Cohen said his former boss knew that having Cohen arranging... More >>
2 days ago Friday, December 14 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 9:44:00 AM CST December 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MU Professor Francis Huang wants schools to rethink suspensions and embrace a positive learning environment. Haung conducted... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 10:10:00 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- 20 bikes and helmets were donated to Columbia kids in time for the holiday season. Big Brothers Big... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 7:15:00 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 27°
7am 28°
8am 29°
9am 34°
10am 38°