Parents protest after Eastern Child Development Center closed

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) –  Update: The worker at the center of an investigation at an Albuquerque daycare has been arrested. Ariadnys Armas-Camacho, 40, was arrested at her northeast Albuquerque home Tuesday afternoon. She was taken into custody without incident and charged with child abuse.

Parents Protest

The daycare remains closed after a daycare worker was caught on camera manhandling an infant.

Parents are upset, but not at the daycare center. They are upset with the state for how it is handling the situation.

The parents say the daycare did the right thing and on Monday afternoon supporters sent a message to the Children, Youth and Families Department.

Parents whose kids go to Eastern Child Development Center are demanding their school be reopened.

“My beef with CYFD is the fact that they closed down the center,” said Diana Maze, parent.

Diana Maze says the preschool closed Friday after the state yanked its license while it investigates an allegation that a worker abused an infant.

“Now there are 289 kids that are without child care and 33 workers that are without a job,” added Maze.

The group staged a protest inside CYFD’s Albuquerque office Monday afternoon.

“It’s an open investigation, and we can’t discuss anything right now with you guys,” said Patricia Steward with CYFD.

Supporters of Eastern say the school did everything right after the alleged abuse was discovered.

CYFD says it is still viewing multiple videos of different incidents involving the same employee.

A spokesman says CYFD’s duty is to keep the children safe, and that the agency is helping parents find other child care options.

In the meantime, the group stands by Eastern Child Development.

A representative of the center said they fully cooperated with CYFD and followed all regulations.

Officials do not have an exact timeline on when the investigation could be completed.

 

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