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DSS Shuts Down Home Daycare Facility In Taylors

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GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. - The South Carolina Department of Social Services says the agency shut down an illegal home childcare facility in Taylors.

DSS Director of Early Care and Education Leigh Bolick says the agency got a report Wednesday about an illegal daycare facility at a home on Everest Street.

Bolick says DSS found 10 children in the home and issued a notice to the woman to shut it down. DSS notified parents and waited on scene until parents came to pick up their children.

This comes just months after the bust of another, resulting from the death of a 3 month old child.

The child's mother is on a crusade with other parents to change the laws and tighten regulations on in-home daycares.

Mothers from the "Kellie Rynn's Voice" organization call this most recent bust, “frightening” and a continued call to action.

“It's frightening. It's frightening to know that there are people out there watching kids that have more than the limit they are supposed to have,” said Marjorie Estoye.

Estoye is one of several moms joining Kathryn Martin in a fight for justice. Police reports show Martin's 3 month old daughter, Kellie Rynn, died this February while in the care of Pamela Wood.

"It took a tragedy to get us to be able to speak up and have somebody hear that," said Estoye.

Investigators say Wood was illegally caring for 23 kids, total. Her registered limit through DSS was 6.

Now another illegal daycare is busted in Taylors. The business was not registered, which means it would never have been monitored by DSS, potentially increasing the risk for children inside.

Estoye said they are working to change this.

"As a mother, being able to speak out and have our voices heard, that's very impactful" said Estoye.

Since Kellie Rynn's death, these moms have rallied law makers in the state house.

Wednesday, Representatives amended a bill to give DSS more authority to monitor registered in-home child care centers.

As it moves forward to the floor for debate, their focus is turning to the senate.

"I'm glad to hear about the House's activity. What they have done is going to help us tie the bow in the senate," said Senator Mike Fair.

7 on your side’s Addie Hampton caught up with the Greenville-based senator who is Chairman of the Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children. He admitted logistics must be worked out, like funding and pricing for education and certification, but he's confident that changes are coming.

"It would be a total abolition of our responsibility if we didn't make it better than it was," said Fair.

Fair told Hampton that in his potential legislation, he'd like to see harsher punishment for violators; jail time if warranted or at least a permanent ban from child care.

Meanwhile, "Kellie Rynn's voice" is trying to get these bills passed by May 1st to avoid any push back until next session.

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