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DIGGING DEEPER: Daycare closing after director's drug charges

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UPDATE: A few days after its director was charged with meth, Little Learners in Waverly is closing tomorrow night.

KWWL also found that a lawsuit was settled just last month, after a family pressed charges citing lack of safety and lack of supervision when a little boy fell off a toy truck hurting his arm.

The owner confirmed this happened at the daycare.

With only a few daycare facilities in town, many parents are left wondering what's next.

The owner says a few people have reached out to him offering to buy his daycare from him. Nothing is official at this time.


UPDATE: According to the owner of Little Learners Daycare in Waverly, they will be closing next week. 

This is in response to the drug charges against their director Kelly Hampton. 

Little Learners will be open Monday and Tuesday, but will officially be closing their doors Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.

KWWL spoke to the owner of the daycare. The owner says he is sad for the kids and his staff. He tried his hardest to keep the business open, but is unable to because of overhead costs.

The owner says many of the children did not return to the daycare after the director of a Waverly daycare was arrested on a number of drug charges.

Waverly Police say they went to 401 24th Street NW last week to investigate the smell of marijuana coming from an apartment.

Police searched an apartment and arrested Kelly Hampton for possession of meth, marijuana, prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia.

She was later released on a $1,000 bond.

Police say Hampton's booking information lists her as the director of Little Learners Daycare in Waverly.

The owner of Little Learners says he is shocked by the news, saying Hampton has been a great manager for 17 years. When asked if Hampton was fired, he said "she will no longer have any contact with the children there."

He says employees are given background checks before being hired but said he "wasn't sure" about drug tests.

We went to Hampton's apartment but she did not want to speak with KWWL.

Officers say the investigation is not over. They say they're looking for another person who might be involved.

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