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UPDATE: State revokes license for Red Caboose Day Care Center, alleges sexual abuse took place

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- 27 News has obtained the revocation letter sent to Red Caboose Daycare Center by the Department of Children and Families.

The letter dated July 17 and revokes the license of Red Caboose Daycare Center. It also notifies the provider it has 10 days to appeal.
UPDATE: MADISON (WKOW)-- Wisconsin revoked the license of Red Caboose Daycare Center in downtown Madison.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported late Thursday afternoon that the revocation follows the accusation of sexual abuse of a two-year-old by a 13-year-old volunteer.

In a letter to the daycare operator, obtained by the Wisconsin State Journal, the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families states: On July 8, 2014, the department was notified by Dane County Department of Human Services of the substantiated finding of sexual abuse of a child in the care of Red Caboose Day Care Center Inc. by a volunteer assisting at the center at the time of the incident.

The letter continues, saying at least two employees knew of the allegations but failed to follow mandatory reporting laws and notify the proper authorities.

The letter states: The Department has determined that the actions of at least two employees at Red Caboose Day Care Center, contrary to DCF 251, Wis. Administrative Code, were contributory factors to the abuse of a child in care.

The state also alleges the volunteer continued to have contact with children, even after staff knew of the allegations.

27 News spoke to parents as they picked up their kids Thursday afternoon. Many hadn't heard about the revocation.

“This is entirely news to me,” said MacGregor Wale, who has a daughter at the daycare. “I'm completely shocked.”

Wale says he'd heard there was some kind of investigation underway but didn't know details. But, he added, he's been very happy with the daycare center.

“I think this is a fantastic program, fantastic staff,” Wale said.

Now the Daycare center has 10 days to file an appeal to the state's decision or it will be forced to close its doors. The center can remain open through the appeal process but cannot accept any new kids.

27 News did attempt to contact the director of the daycare and employees of the daycare for comment, but those attempts were unsuccessful.


MADISON (WKOW) -- The state revoked the operating license of Red Caboose Day Care Center in Madison.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the revocation is due to the alleged sexual abuse of a 2-year-old by a 13-year-old female volunteer. The center failed to report the suspected abuse under the required law.

Police say the volunteer who was later adjudicated in juvenile court on sexual assault charges for the incident and for a separate incident involving another toddler. 

The state decided to bypass fines or other penalties and move forward to revocation due to the nature of the offense. 

According to the revocation letter, two employees at Red Caboose had reasonable cause in March to suspect that a child had been abused after they were notified by a parent. The state alleges Red Caboose allowed the volunteer to continue having contact with children.

The State Journal reports the center can remain open while it appeals the decision.

We will have you updated on WKOW.com as this story develops.

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