Lansing daycare shut down and owner fights back

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – A mother in Lansing loses her daycare certificate but she says it wasn’t a client that filed the complaint.

The state temporarily closes a local Lansing daycare and now the woman behind the business speaks out, and shares the exclusive side of her story.

September Darden said she knows kids, she has 4 of her own, and has watched other children for more than 9 years, but her daycare, Royal Savings has been shut down, after being open for less than ten months.

“It was always pretty busy, Monday through Friday, 8 to 5, I was definitely full of children in here” September Darden said with a smile and giggle.

The department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs suspended Darden’s certificate late last week, but hasn’t released the reason why. Darden said her educational home was closed based on a lie.

“CPS came into my home back in June and had explained that there was a compliant that I had starved my daughter for three days” Darden said.

Darden is divorced, and said her twelve year old daughter made that story up.

“My daughter’s been wanting to live with her dad since she met him about 4 of 5 years ago” Darden said.

She tells us, the state inspected her toy filled home last month, and said she was not compliant with moral standards.

“She said the reason I had a violation of that was because I was put on the registry list for child abuse and neglect” Darden said with a look of disappointment.

Darden says she hasn’t watched a child since she was placed on that list September 16th.

“They basically took the word of a twelve year old, whose been accused of lying before, um she’s in counseling for lying, she’s been in counseling since January of last year, you know all because of what she says they completely tore my life apart” Darden said

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said they cannot comment at this time and this case is still under investigation.

Darden said she plans on fighting to keep this home away from home open.

The next hearing is at the Ottowa Building on October 14th.

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