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Mar 21, 2017 4:45 PM

NH child care center where woman accused of assaulting infants has previous complaints


MANCHESTER — A child care facility where a woman is accused of assaulting infants has faced several infractions since 2012, including using a "strict," "firm" potty training program.

READ: Former NH day care worker accused of assaulting 3 infants younger than 1

The most recent of these problems came during a December 2016 visit to Alpha-Bits Learning Center at 333 Allard Drive.

During that visit, the Child Care Licensing Unit found a child that had not been buckled into an infant swing. The action was immediately corrected by a teacher after it was brought to her attention.

The Licensing Unit also found several other violations, including a child that had been disciplined by being sent to her mat, old emergency forms for two children and as well as some staffing scheduling problems. The report states that all problems were corrected by February.

The most descriptive of the complaints comes from 2012, when the Licensing Unit observed a 27-month-old child had been crying on the potty.

"He wants to go poop in the corner, but this is potty training — the beginning of life," a staff member told the person observing.

That staff member called herself "strict," "firm" and said she "will get them trained."

The licensing coordinators noted during that visit that there was no reference to a plan developed with parents.

After the visit, Alpha-Bits came up with a written questionnaire for parents to complete to coordinate potty training efforts.

A report from February 2015 said items that should be kept out of the children's reach were accessible, including antacid, whiteout and scissors.

In October 2014, Alpha-Bits made several modifications to its playground after a child fell off the monkey bars and a parent complained. Those changes included adding more mulch and changing the height of some of the play items.

On Tuesday, Manchester police arrested a former employee of the center for four counts of simple assault against three victims, all younger than 1-years-old.

Chelsea Blais, 32, is out on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

A message left for the director of Alpha-Bits has not been returned.

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