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Sexual abuse claims under investigation at Pinson daycare

Jefferson County deputies are investigating claims of sexual abuse at Momma's Place daycare in Pinson. Source: WBRC video Jefferson County deputies are investigating claims of sexual abuse at Momma's Place daycare in Pinson. Source: WBRC video
The suspect in the case is the 17-year-old son of one of the daycare's workers. He has been banned from the property and his mother has been fired. Source: WBRC video The suspect in the case is the 17-year-old son of one of the daycare's workers. He has been banned from the property and his mother has been fired. Source: WBRC video
PINSON, AL (WBRC) -

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says they are investigating claims of sexual abuse at a daycare in Pinson.

According to Chief Deputy Randy Christian, three families have come forward to report possible sexual abuse at Momma's Place Christian Academy and a fourth is reporting physical abuse. Christian says the victims are ages 5, 5, 4 and 3 years-old.

The reports claim a 17-year-old son of one of the daycare workers had inappropriate contact with the victims. The owner of the daycare told deputies that the suspect is not an employee of the facility. Christian says that all of the incidents are alleged to have occurred on the premises.

The suspect's mother has been fired from the day care and the 17-year-old suspect has been banned from the property. Christian says the suspect would come by to help at the daycare during the summer months while he was out of school.

The first report was made August 18 when a five-year-old victim's mother noticed her son touching a family member in an inappropriate manner. When asked why he was doing that, the son explained that the suspect had touched him in that way.

Investigators have been in contact with families on the daycare roster and past customers to identify any victims and let families make an informed decision on their child care. Christian expects charges to be filed after the investigation is complete.

One parent says after talking with the owners, he will still allow his daughter to attend Momma's Place.

"I don't know where these charges originated from but I personally have seen nothing to suggest, anything like that...that my daughter is in danger in any way," Brian Hall said.

The daycare center remains open while DHR conducts an investigation to determine if it will stay open. Deputies with the sheriff's office are still trying to find out if there are more victims in the case.

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