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Windsor Locks preschool/daycare under investigation

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Police investigating reports of abuse at New England Preschool Academy in Windsor Locks. (WFSB) Police investigating reports of abuse at New England Preschool Academy in Windsor Locks. (WFSB)
WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) -

Police and state officials are investigating reports of abuse at a preschool in Windsor Locks. 

The incident happened at the New England Preschool Academy on Monday, according to the Office of Early Childhood Advocate.

The daycare's owner Cathy Del Greco told Eyewitness News that two parents filed complaints against a staff member.

"We responded immediately," Del Greco said. "It's not due to anything severe."

Del Greco said she notified the Department of Children and Families as they are mandated reporters. 

The Office of Early Childhood Advocate said it received a complaint, but the nature of it wasn't released. It said the complaint mentioned allegations of abuse or neglect.

"We received a complaint on April 25, 2016 regarding the New England Preschool Academy," the office said in a statement. "When a complaint involves allegations of abuse or neglect, the OEC collaborates with the DCF when investigating such complaints."

DCF is investigating, along with Windsor Locks police.  

Windsor Locks Police Captain Chester DeGray said the "incident" involves abuse, but was unaware if it was  sexual in nature. Parents came forward to police on Monday and Tuesday with reports of abuse and could involves at least two children, DeGray added. 

DeGray said one staff member was fired, but did not release the employees did not release their name. That employee is not allowed to return to the school until the completion of the police investigation. 

This isn't the first time a branch of the New England Preschool Academy has been in the spotlight.

The franchise's Enfield location was investigated by health officials late last year after parents complained about a mouse infestation. Then just last week, another complaint surfaced at the Enfield daycare regarding new problems including dangling radio cords in the toddler room, an unlocked bleach bottle and stairs that were unprotected. 

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