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Parent pulls child out of Enfield day care after mice infestation

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Parents are pulling their children out of an Enfield day care after concerns over a mice infestation, and not being notified about it.

Eyewitness News reported on this story earlier this week after being notified by concerned parents.

Now, parents like Nikki Philbrick, said they want to know why they weren’t told about the issue sooner.

Philbrick’s son has been enrolled in the New England Preschool Academy day care since September.

On Thursday, she pulled her son out.

“I'm hurt and my son is no longer allowed to be there and it makes you wonder as a parent, what other things could have happened in that time frame of him being there,” Philbrick said.

Mice had reportedly made their way into the basement area about three weeks ago.

Philbrick said she understands the problem, but she said she was upset that she wasn’t told what was happening and how it was being treated.

According to state statute, parents should have been told if pesticide applications, including rodenticides, were being applied at the center.

State law requires day care centers to notify parents or guardians of each child enrolled no later than 24 hours prior to such application.

The law also states that parents need to be told about what is being used, the type of pest being targeted, and where and when the treatment is being placed.

After two people called the North Central District Health Department, Eyewitness News cameras caught an unannounced visit from health inspectors.

The day care serves children from 1 to 12 years old.

Letters were finally given to parents on Wednesday, but some letters were different than others and the dates didn’t match up.

Philbrick said she is looking for another day care now.

“It's very hard, it's very draining, stressful, and it’s frustrating... If I had known this three weeks ago I would have kept him home, they could have fixed the problem and everything could have been ok but now I don't have trust in them,” Philbrick said.

The health department said it is still an open investigation, and Eyewitness News is still waiting on a report from the department.

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