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UPDATE: Childcare facility shut down for violations up for re-inspection

Posted at 11:23 PM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-11 22:56:38-04

UPDATE JUNE 11: Tip Top Child Development Center has been scheduled for re-inspection. The childcare facility was closed because of excessively dirty toys, beds and furniture. Inspectors also discovered that staff members were not washing hands after changing diapers.

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- The Southern Nevada Health District has ordered the immediate closure of Tip Top Child Development Center in Las Vegas after an inspector found 62 health and safety violations.

READ: Southern Nevada Health District Inspection Report

According to the report, the facility located near Silverado Ranch and Las Vegas Boulevard received an inspection on Tuesday.

Authorities noted the facility did not have all of the proper paperwork and documentation for children injury or illness logs, citing one child was re-admitted without medical documentation to the facility despite having left the facility due to vomiting just days prior.

Other violations included staff not washing hands between diaper changes or using protective gloves.

The inspector noted staff used incorrect sanitation when cleaning a child during a diaper change and when the inspector indicated the child still had feces on the body, staff cleaned the area without gloves.

There were medication that was not properly labeled or in the correct packaging.

A toilet in the Tiny Tot area had a plastic grocery store bag over it and records show it had been in disrepair since May.

"I am hurt, and we have to work," said Parent Kyonda Hall.

"I'm a single mom, so I take my kids to daycare to help me provide for them," explained Hall.

Hall said her son Josiah, 2, had been going to the facility since February.

She said soon after he began to develop a number of health issues.

"I look him to the doctor and they told me he got the flu, but then he got a respiratory infection, pinkeye, and now he has asthma," explained Hall.

Hall reviewed the pictures from the Southern Nevada Health District and believes her son's health troubles stem from his time at Tip Top.

The pictures also included what appeared to be a makeshift bedroom behind the front office where the owner slept overnight.

'I do have a cot in the back room of my office and several changes of clothes because of what I do," said Tip Tip Child Development Center owner and director Gina Sferra.

Sferra says she accepts full responsibility for the inspection report and violations.

"I am ashamed, I'm humiliated, I am mortified that this has gotten to this point, this was never what I wanted, and I never intend to let it happen again," said Sferra.

Sferra says she is diligently going through the violation list and making corrections as needed.

Sferra said she intends to reopen as early as Monday.

The facility will need to pass inspection before children are allowed to return.

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