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Eaton County Daycare Closed While Case Is In Court

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EATON COUNTY, MI (WLNS) - An Eaton County daycare provider will keep her doors closed while a judge decides whether she can keep her daycare license.

Tina Hause's court date comes after a 2-year-old was found wandering in the middle of M-99 in June.

Camera's weren't allowed in the hearing today which will decide the fate of Tina Hause's Eaton County business, though she'll have to wait for a decision.

Her attorney David Kallman says Hause was finally able to explain how a 2-year-old under her care ended up wandering alone along M-99 back in June.

"The child was out playing with other children. She had taken some children back into the daycare and left one worker with some of the other children out in the play area and somehow this young girl got out,” said David Kallman, Tina Hause’s attorney.

And squeezes past a gate that Kallman says had a pad lock and board in front of it. The same gate Kallman argues Hause has used for years without any problems.

"Our argument is how could she have known that ahead of time, I mean this is not intentionally, it's been working all this time. There was no reason to think otherwise.”

Kallman says since then Hause made changes to address that gate and on Tuesday she brought testimony from current parents to support her.

"The evidence went very well for us and I think the judge will make a ruling and I'm confident that she won't be revoked,” said Kallman.

Kallman says the state's obviously arguing one time is one too many.

Tina's attorney David Kallman told me they're going to wait the next 24 to 48 hours and if a ruling doesn't come down, she could possibly take this to another court to at least temporarily lift that suspension. That way Tina can open business until a final ruling is issued.

But until that time Tina's Tiny Tots remains closed. The state did not comment on Tuesday’s hearing. A ruling is expected in the next 30 days. Until that time, unless lifted by another court, the daycare will have to keep their doors closed.

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