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Pierrefonds daycare where sex crime happened will close in 2 weeks

05/15/2015 12:28 EDT | Updated 05/15/2016 05:59 EDT
A Pierrefonds home daycare is still operating, even though Family Minister Francine Charbonneau said Tuesday it would be shut down temporarily for an investigation after a four-year-old girl was the victim of a sex crime there in October 2014.

Thursday night, the local coordinating office released a statement saying that after taking a couple of days to analyze the situation it had sent a notice of intention to suspend the daycare's license to the daycare.

The statement referred to the incident last October as "deplorable."

It said that, according to the rules, the daycare would remain open for a period of 15 days for further analysis of the case, and to allow the daycare operator to present her version of events.

The statement said no one from the home childcare coordinating office would be doing interviews on the case.

A spokesperson for Charbonneau said she also would not do interviews.

A 13-year-old visitor to the daycare has pleaded guilty to charges of gross indecency in connection to the case.

Meanwhile, the parents of some of the other children at the daycare are supporting the owner.

"She's a very nice lady. She's taking care of the kids very well. Mistakes happen at all daycares," said father Ion Rusu. He doesn't want the daycare shut down.

Neither does Suzy Roy, the mother of another child.

"The kids and the parents would be heartbroken to find out we have to put our kids in a totally different place," said Roy.

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