APOPKA, Fla. — The state is trying to shut down an Orange County home day care after the owner admitted a child inappropriately touched another child in her care.
The Florida Department of Children and Families is looking into the Apopka Home Day Care near Vicks Road.
Cherrie Scally said she hasn't had a problem in nearly two decades.
"It's upsetting to me, because these kids, these parents, you now, this is why I do what I do," Scally said.
The DCF filed a complaint in December to revoke the day care's registration after a 4-year-old boy inappropriately touched a 5-year-old girl while Scally was in another room.
Scally said she didn't see the abuse, because a baby had just thrown up on her, and she was washing it out of her hair. She said she was gone for no more than three or four minutes.
Under Florida law, a home day care can have no more than 10 children at a time. Scally said she and her mother usually watch half that amount.
Scally said the only reason DCF found out was because she reported it to the child abuse hotline herself.
"I didn't get an attorney, because I didn't feel I needed one, but now I am reconsidering that," Scally said.
Scally is asking for a hearing to share her side of the story.
Neither child involved attends the day care anymore.
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