Day care worker on leave for abuse allegation, DCF investigating

Employee of Learning Tree Academy in Apopka has been with school for a year

APOPKA, Fla. – Officials with the Department of Child and Family services say they're investigating The Learning Tree Academy in Apopka.

News 6 was told a worker grabbed a child and left marks on the her arm.

"She is on leave right now and will be on leave until the investigation is completed," Dr. Iola Brown, board chairwoman of The Learning Tree Academy, said.

Dr. Brown told News 6 the employee in question is an assistant teacher and has been with the school for more than a year.

The news of the alleged abuse comes as a concern and surprise.

"We just want the truth to come out," Dr. Brown said.

News 6 pulled DCF inspection reports for the academy.

From 2014 to 2017, the school has been cited for four violations.

Those violations relate to children's health record documentation, training requirements and background screening documentation.

"Teachers should already be preparing for the new school year starting on Monday, but we are really taking this very seriously. We really are," Dr. Brown said.

News 6 spoke with one parent who tells us the school did acknowledge they were under investigation when asked.

She says it is a bit concerning.

A grandfather said he and his daughter were hesitant to send their little one to the daycare Wednesday after the allegations surfaced, but said they have had a positive experience at the school.