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EATON COUNTY, MI (WLNS) - A 2-year-old was found in the middle of M-99 in Eaton Rapids in early June.

Now a judge may suspend an Eaton County childcare provider and force her to close her doors Thursday.

6 News Nick Perreault spoke with Tina Hause’s attorney, who says the state doesn't have the power to do that.

For now seven families can continue to drop their children off at Tina's Tiny Tot's in Eaton Rapids for day care, but on Thursday that could change.

"There's very clear standards of what they have to prove, they're not going to be able to prove it in my opinion.”

Tina Hause wasn't available for comment, but her attorney David Kallman tells us the state didn't follow the proper process to suspend his client.

Records show she has been a licensed care provider for 34 years.

"DHS ignored the statute regarding daycares, apparently they didn't want to go to court get an injunction,” said David Kallman, Tina Hause’s attorney.

The state argues they didn't have to. That challenges the safety of other 11 children in Tina's care, after a 2-year-old wandered off into the middle of M-99 alone in June and firearms were reportedly found not locked securely in Hause's house.

"All I can say is we did do our investigation and determine that it was appropriate to issue a summary suspension of the license,” said Bob Wheaton, DHS Manager of Communication.

Tina's Tiny Tot's was shut down June 23 following those findings, but a judge allowed her to re-open the next day, at least until Thursday's hearing.

Now in terms of revoking Tina Hause's license, a hearing for that hasn't been set yet, but her attorney tells me all you have to do is look at her support. Seven of the eight families under Tina's care have released letters saying that they feel safe with their children under Tina's care and say that she should remain open.

"Under the standards for revoking licenses you have to have repeated violations and numerous problems and you do not have that here.”

Kallman says and records show Hause did receive a citation for leaving a child unattended at a bus stop years ago, but has passed all required inspections since and should pass this.

That hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in Judge Clinton Canady’s court.

If he rules in favor of the state Tina would have to shut her doors. If the judge rules in her favor, the daycare provider would be able to remain open throughout the legal process.
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