West Monroe daycare lost appeal after child abuse allegations

Assembly Kidz Care officially closes its doors after losing Louisiana Department of Education appeal. (MGN)
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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The director of Assembly Kidz Care says the Louisiana Dept. of Education has denied the daycare's appeal after its license was revoked back in September.

A letter written by the daycare's director says effectively, November 9, 2019, Kidz Care will not be open for business. It also says the center will be open on Monday, November 11th and Tuesday, November 12th from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. for families to retrieve their child's personal belongings. The director says all tuition pre-paid will be refunded by November 20th, including credits that are owed to families.

The department says the license was revoked after instances of children being mistreated by staff.

Yolanda Rochelle Jackson, a former employee of The Assembly Kidz Care on Glenwood Drive, was arrested after police say she was caught on video hitting, shaking, and dropping children on the floor.

According to arrest records, West Monroe police were called Monday, Aug. 12, to investigate Jackson.

Police say they reviewed video footage, which showed multiple instances of Jackson abusing two three-year-olds and a four-year-old.

Police say they saw Jackson hit a three-year-old in the back of the head with an open hand. Investigators also say they saw Jackson grab and shake children. Officers say Jackson dragged children across the room by the arm. They also say Jackson picked up children and intentionally dropped them or threw them to the floor.

Arrest records did not specify exactly when these alleged actions occurred.

Jackson faces three counts of cruelty to juveniles.