Child left on playground at Ascent center in North Little Rock; two fired | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Child left on playground at Ascent center in North Little Rock; two fired

Posted By on Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 3:53 PM

click to enlarge screen_shot_2017-08-01_at_4.26.50_pm.png
The Department of Human Services confirms a report circulating on social media of a child found unattended Monday morning on a playground outside the North Little Rock facility of Ascent Children's Health Services on Richards Road.

DHS had no information on physical harm to the child, if any.

Department spokeswoman Amy Webb said:
The facility did self-report an incident of a child being left on the playground to our Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education yesterday evening. We will be conducting a licensing investigation to see if regulations were followed and what corrective action is necessary. The facility also reported that it had terminated two employees as a result of the incident.

As you know, I cannot confirm whether there also is a child maltreatment investigation or the findings from that type of investigation. I can release the results of a licensing investigation once it is complete.
A call to the center was referred to the company's corporate offices, where a spokesman promised a statement by e-mail.

A post on Facebook by a woman who said she had a child at the center said she saw the child alone under a slide when she arrived about 11:30 a.m. yesterday. She rushed inside to inform employees. She then went back outside and brought the child in. She said he had a bleeding lip, torn clothes and was "soaking wet." She complained that no one at the center called medical or police agencies. I've been unable so far to get in touch with the woman who made the post to find out more. She wrote that the child held on to her "for dear life" after she picked him up.

Ascent Child Health Services, a chain of facilities that provides a range of services including therapeutic and developmental programs, is led by state Rep. Dan Sullivan (R-Jonesboro). Its center in West Memphis was placed on probationary status by the state after the death of a five-year-old left in a van outside the center all day. Criminal charges have been filed against workers. The agency is also under review by the office of Medicaid inspector general.  Sullivan sponsored legislation that has ended oversight of his facilities by the state Early Childhood Commission.

Tags: , , , , ,

Sign up for the Daily Update email

Comments (9)

Showing 1-9 of 9

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-9 of 9

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Arkansas: Land of .......

    Welcome to Arkansas: Land of cowardly politicians, discriminatory laws, inhumane turkey drops and lots and lots of Trump voters.
    • Oct 8, 2016
  • Use of solar on the rise in Arkansas

    With a pivotal ruling expected any day now from the Public Service Commission, Kyle Massey at Arkansas Business reports on the increase in Arkansans adding solar generation units on their homes and business.
    • Apr 13, 2018
  • The inspiring Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton's campaign for president illustrates again the double standard applied to women. Some writers get it. They even find the supposedly unlikable Clinton inspiring.
    • Oct 16, 2016

Most Viewed

  • The yawning teacher pay gap between Arkansas school districts

    Before Arkansas congratulates itself for outpacing Oklahoma on teacher pay, we should take a look at the huge disparity in salaries within the state. New teachers in Bentonville may make almost $46,000 a year, but new teachers in many other districts will start the 2018-19 school year earning $31,800 — less than the starting salary in Tulsa.
  • Anonymous Harding University students relaunch LGBTQ publication, campus security removes copies

    A group of anonymous Harding University students on Friday published an "HU Queer Press 2.0" zine, covering issues of gay rights at the private, Churches of Christ-affiliated campus in Searcy. A similar publication, "The State of the Gay at Harding University," set off a firestorm of controversy at Harding seven years ago. Shortly after the publication was distributed, campus security officers began gathering the copies of the zine and throwing them in the trash.

Most Recent Comments


© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation