DCF clears Stock Island day-care center of abuse

Stock Island day-care center Lighthouse Christian Academy has been cleared of wrongdoing by the state Department of Children and Families after some parents complained their children were abused by a Lighthouse employee.

The parents, Migdalia Krystal Palomino and Desiree Pelletier, protested Nov. 16 outside the day-care on MacDonald Avenue, seeking answers.

Palomino said her 2-year-old daughter had been attending the academy for about a year and that a Lighthouse employee known as Jeanie dragged her across the carpet.

Pelletier alleged Jeanie pulled her 2-year-old son's pants down and spanked him in class for wetting his pants. In a separate incident, Pelletier said Jeanie pushed her son into a table before he fell on the floor.

Both parents pulled their children out of the day-care center.

DCF launched its investigation into the allegations Nov. 11 and closed it Dec. 6.

"The investigation closed with no indicators of physical injury or inadequate supervision," DCF spokeswoman Michelle Glady said Tuesday.

Lighthouse could not be reached for comment Tuesday. The academy, founded in 1999, cares for children from newborns to 5-year-olds. Parents pay about $600 a month.

DCF's annual inspection of the academy on Sept. 24 found no violations. However, it was cited in a May 2014 inspection for not having a complete record on file for personnel.