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Police close Georgetown daycare center

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A Georgetown daycare center has been shut down by police. A Georgetown daycare center has been shut down by police.
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Some parents are looking for a new daycare center after police shut one down.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police investigators said a daycare operation in Georgetown didn't have a license and that the owners weren't taking care of children the way they're supposed to.

Kimberly Emerson and Erica Hayward, of Georgetown Fitness Center, were taken to the Chatham County Detention Center after investigators paid a surprise visit to the facility. It wasn't the first visit.

Police said they caught the owners sneaking children out the back door - in the rain - in bare feet.

During other visits, police said Emerson and Howard tried to drive the kids away in a car without seatbelts or car seats and on another occasion they tried to hide the children in a dark bathroom. 

Police are posted outside the daycare. The blinds to the business are drawn and its windows are blacked out.

Janie Lawson works across the street.

"The windows were getting closed more and more. We couldn't see what was going on. And then they would come and go…they would take the children out and back…very few adults seemed to be supervising the children," Lawson said.

A mom so upset with the daycare pulled her 3-year-old son out from the facility.

She said the children were taken outside for hours at a time and went on unplanned field trips. She even asked not to let her son outside in the cold. She said that request was ignored.

Her boy spent hours in a playpen. He came home with the hives and the flu.

Police will be in the parking lot for the duration of the day to make sure parents know the daycare center is closed.

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