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Kansas City day care under FBI investigation

Records show history of abuse
Posted: 3:34 PM, Feb 14, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-18 17:32:10-05
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Editor's note: Additional reporting on this story takes into account comments from the day care owner and a parent. Click here for updated story.
Editor's note: The sentence, "While it's not immediately known why the day care is being investigated, the 41 Action News investigators discovered Canada Day Care has a history of disciplining children inappropriately and is often not in compliance with state licensing rules, according to state records" has been modified from its original version of, "While it's not immediately known why the day care is being investigated, the 41 Action News investigators discovered Canada Day Care has a history of substantiated abused and often fails state inspection."

KANSAS CITY, Mo--A Kansas City day care is under FBI investigation.

41 Action News reporter Nick Starling confirmed the day care under investigation is Canada Day Care, Inc., at 57th and Prospect in Kansas City, Mo.

While it's not immediately known why the day care is being investigated, the 41 Action News investigators discovered Canada Day Care has a history of disciplining children inappropriately and is often not in compliance with state licensing rules, according to state records.

In January 2018, the Missouri Department For Health and Senior Services opened an investigation after an employee was accused of hitting a toddler.

According to the complaint, a parent and another employee of Canada Day Care reported the discipline.

The report states the employee in question "left the infant room, walked into the toddler room and hit child A twice on the leg. Parent A reported that former caregiver told her that she swatted child A because child A was throwing a temper tantrum."

It's not clear whether or not the employee faced any disciplinary action.

Records show MDHSS required the employee complete supervision and discipline training, which was completed by the employee the same month as the incident.

In addition, all staff members had to complete a minimum of one hour of child abuse and neglect training.

The employees also had to sign a statement that they have read and understand licensing rules.

State inspection reports are on file for Canada Day Care dating back to 2013.

Since that time, Canada Day Care has only passed 11 of 32 inspections.

The last two inspections found Canada Day Care was not in compliance with state rules and regulations in several areas.

The inspections show the day care failed to conduct criminal background checks on employees, did not have enough teachers per child, and staff was not trained in CPR as required by the state.

Records show the director of the day care is Luwillis Canada.

The 41 Action News investigators contacted the day care and asked to speak with Luwillis.

However, the woman who answered the phone said Luwillis wasn't available at the time.

41 Action News also reached out to MDHSS to learn more about the current investigations and to find out why a day care can continue to operate despite failing multiple inspections.

An MDHSS spokesperson would only confirm that Canada Day Care is still licensed and operating.

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