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Mice infestation, mishandling of files temporarily closes Southington daycare

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Cheshire Country Day School in Southington is temporarily closed (WFSB) Cheshire Country Day School in Southington is temporarily closed (WFSB)

An infestation of mice and mishandling of files caused a Southington daycare to shut down temporarily.

The state is now investigating the Cheshire Country Day School, and parents are left wondering what to do next, as many of them are concerned about what had been going on behind closed doors.

Parents got quite the surprise when they went to pick up their children on Friday. As the weekend went on, emails from the owner started to paint a very disturbing picture.

"She found out on Facebook, and obviously called me hysterical,” said Marc Basso, who said he and his wife couldn’t believe it when they learned their 15-month-old son’s daycare was closing for the week.

Initially, parents said the owner told them the daycare had to be closed the week of Dec. 5 for maintenance and student registration.

However, an email days later showed there was more to the story.

The owner revealed that “mouse droppings were found in cabinets, closets, food storage areas, etc. Most children's files were missing completely or incomplete...updated first aid and CPR trainings were not on file and many staff files not available...payroll hours showed evidence of fraud.

"It would devastate me. He's a baby. They're susceptible to anything, especially at that age,” Basso said.

The owner also revealed that he reported himself to the state, and this isn’t the first time the center has had issues.

According to state records, a number of complaints were filed earlier this year.

On March 24, there were violations of staffing ratios and record keeping.

On March 29, issues with sleep arrangements, diapering and toileting and staffing ratios, and again staffing ratio issues on April 12.

The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood Education confirmed they're now investigating new complaints from Thursday and Friday of last week.

"It's upsetting just to think that somebody couldn't care less about the families and kids that much just to shut the doors down on them,” Basso said.

He added that he and his wife are now looking to get their son enrolled in a different center.

The landlord of the building also said the owner has not paid rent in three months, and that they changed the locks on Monday.

Eyewitness News has reached out to the owner, however has not yet heard back.

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