Sheriff's Department Joins Daycare Investigation - - Jackson, MS

Byram 07/23/04

Sheriff's Department Joins Daycare Investigation

By Gene Adams

There are new developments Friday night in the investigation of possible accusations of child abuse at the First Baptist Church of Byram Daycare. The Hinds County Sheriff's Department is now involved in the investigation, at the request of the health department.

The sheriff's department met Friday afternoon with church officials, although no details about the investigation have been released. Pastor Carl Prewitt refused to comment on the issue, except to say the church is cooperating fully with the sheriff's office.

The Department of Human Services received a complaint about the daycare and forwarded the investigation to the Department of Health, which began its investigation at the church Wednesday. Four employees at the daycare are now on paid leave. Neither the health department nor the sheriff's office would discuss details of the accusations or the ongoing investigation.

“We intend to review the evidence and begin interviewing subject employees that are at present on leave. We intend to interview the parents and look into the evidence at hand,” said Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin.

Officials at the health department say it is routine for the sheriff's office to get involved in these kinds of investigations.

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