Flaws found in the way the state checks backgrounds of daycare's - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Flaws found in the way the state checks backgrounds of daycare workers

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Major flaws were found in the way the state checks out childcare workers.

A state audit comes on top of safety violations found at home daycare's earlier this month. The major problem found by the audit is that people taking care of these kids could be convicted criminals and still be employed.

The audit finds the Department of Public Health has failed their responsibility for performing inspections at the daycare's in Connecticut are done.

The report finds the agency can't show new employees were given background checks and when there is an issue, such as an arrest of a daycare employee, the department doesn't follow the case to see if there was a conviction.

John Geragosian, who is the auditor of public accounts, said there's no review.

"There is a process that should be followed both federal and state laws and we make sure the process is followed," Geragosian said.

The officials with the Connecticut Department of Public Health agreed with those findings, telling Eyewitness News it "is bringing on temporary staff to assist with background checks" and "two-thirds of the findings have either been fully corrected or almost corrected."

Earlier this month, federal inspectors looked at 20 home day cares in the state and found something wrong at all of them. Violation such as chemicals were within reach of children and boards with nails sticking out were found in play areas.

Parents like Christine Farrel of Farmington said if the agency was short staffed why did they wait.

"They should have said something prior to getting caught, to say we need help doing those checks before getting caught," Farrel said.

State auditors told Eyewitness News background checks have been an ongoing problem with Connecticut Department of Public Health and are making 17 recommendations, which they will follow up on.

Eyewitness News was also told another federal report is expected in the near future and it  finds other problems.

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