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Valley day care center under scrutiny

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State officials are investigating allegations of misconduct at a West Valley day care center.

A complaint was filed alleging that a teacher at Tutor Time, off Lower Buckeye Road and 78th Avenue in Phoenix, threatened a young child.

Another teacher is accused of hitting children on the hands as a form of discipline.

Joanna told CBS 5 News that she abruptly pulled her boy out of Tutor Time after a teacher told her that her 18-month-old son, Sebastian, was being mistreated.

"I was shaking of anger," Alvillar said. "I left work crying."

CBS 5 news spoke with the teacher who blew the whistle on the alleged abuse.

The teacher, who we'll call 'Susan,' asked to have her identity hidden.

"As a parent of preschool children, I would want to know if something was going on with my children," Susan said.

Susan said that there is a teacher at Tutor Time that will reprimand kids by slapping them on the hand.

And there's another teacher, who Susan said told Sebastian that if he kept acting up, "I'm going to f*** kill you."

"These are children. They're 1-year-olds, and they don't deserve to be talked to that way," said Susan. "It's totally against policy. You should never touch the children. There are other ways we are taught to deal with children."

Susan said that she reported the incidents to the day care center director, and when she didn't see any action taken against her co-workers, Susan quit.

Sebastian's mom wants to know why she was never notified by Tutor Time.

"I'm not going to sit here and bash all the teachers there because there are some excellent teachers," Alvillar said. "But the fact you are willing to cover up for ones that are not OK, it's not OK."

CBS 5 News has learned that this Tutor Time has had problems before.

CBS 5 News dug up the day care center's last state inspection from earlier this year. It included 47 citations, which included failure to ensure staff-to-children ratios, failure to ensure sufficient drinking water to children, failure to ensure each pacifier is labeled and failure to verify fingerprint clearance cards as part of mandatory background checks.

"If there are kids going to a daycare and this is happening and they're not being informed, people need to be informed," said Susan.

CBS 5 News went to Tutor Time to get some answers but were not allowed entry.

Instead, Tutor Time released this statement:

"We maintain high standards regarding the quality of care our associates provide and we don't tolerate deviation from those standards. We have strict procedures to ensure that we meet or exceed guidelines set forth by the state. We take all reported concerns seriously and would not hesitate to take appropriate action if we felt that the well-being of the children was compromised. We will continue to work closely with our local licensing representatives to ensure we are providing the quality of care our families deserve."

Alvillar has filed a formal complaint with the state, and on Tuesday, authorities were out investigating.

"If you're going to leave your child somewhere for 10 hours a day, you want them to be taken care of," Alvillar said.

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