Sex abuse investigation continues nearly 2 years after daycare abuse reported in Dayton

DAYTON — Nearly two years after Dayton police opened an investigation into multiple allegations of sex abuse at a Dayton daycare, the case remains opened with no charges filed.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services received a complaint on Jan. 13, 2020 involving inappropriate touching between an adult and child at Pat’s Care Away from Home on West Third Street in Dayton.

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“The investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident are still ongoing. Special Victims Unit detectives have conducted numerous interviews and examined evidence recovered,” Dayton police said in a statement. “At this time, the information necessary to bring this matter to conclusion has not been developed.”

The state suspended Pat’s Care Away from Home’s license three days later following an inspection that revealed the child care center had a serious risk violation when a “staff member did not protect infant from a serious injury,” the state inspection read.

The daycare no longer has a license with the state.

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The complaint to the state came two days after Dayton police were contacted by a social worker at Dayton Children’s Hospital about possible sexual abuse involving a 6-month-old girl at the daycare, according to police records. The social worker told police dispatchers the girl was injured.

The social worker said the possible abuse happened at the daycare, but was not able to provide any further information about possible people involved.

A separate police memo report filed Jan. 30, 2020 shows the Dayton Police Department responded to the daycare after a social worker wanted to report another possible case of sexual abuse possibly involving a 3-year-old boy.

According to the Jan. 30, 2020 police memo, a mother brought her son to Dayton Children’s Hospital after she “was concerned that her son had been sexually assaulted.”

The social worker told investigators the mother was concerned because her son “has been urinating himself, has a loss of appetite, and has started to touch (his mother’s) breast and vagina,” the report read.

The mother told officers that her son had been attending Pat’s Care Away from Home and she had noticed the closing notice on the door of the business on Jan. 17, but said she was not given an explanation.

The mother told police she was told by an employee on Jan. 30, 2020 that the daycare was closing “due to a teacher molesting one of the children,” the report read.

“(The mother) stated that she was told that the other child had medical evidence such as bruising to their private area,” the report said.  “(She) stated that she tried to find out more about the situation, but no one could tell her anything.”

The day care declined to comment when reached by News Center 7 last year about this story.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to contact Dayton police at 937-333-COPS or Crime Stoppers at 937-222-STOP.