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Hopedale daycare center to close after state agencies launch investigation

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HOPEDALE, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A daycare center that is being separately investigated by both the Department of Children and Families and Department of Early Education, will close on Friday.

A 51A report was filed against the Cuddles and Cradles daycare center, at 4 Evergreen Ln. last week.

That kind of report is filed by any state mandated reporter, like an employee of a school or daycare center, when that person "has reasonable cause to believe that a child is suffering physical or emotional injury resulting from" abuse, neglect or sexual exploitation.

In a statement from the Department of Early Education and Care, a spokeswoman confirmed that the department is investigating the woman who owns the daycare center and "the conduct of her husband while employed as a teacher in this program."

The center's website lists the owner as Danielle Keene. Cuddles and Cradles will close Friday at 2 p.m. The spokeswoman for the Department of Early Education stated that Cuddles and Cradles was being closed voluntarily.

Since the investigation began, Keene and her husband agreed not to come on site until the center closes.

"The Department will take enforcement action against the licensee and educator as warranted by the outcome of our investigation," the statement read.

The department did not comment on what the specific allegation against the husband was, nor what kind of "enforcement action" would be taken.

After our story aired, Keene's husband, David, reached out to Fox 25 and says, the allegation in itself, and on its face does not involve the day care, and has nothing to do with the day care or children.

"Our decision to close the day care has nothing to do with the substance of the allegation, it was a personal decision made with the interest of our families in mind, and had largely to do with what we knew would be our continuing inability to provide stable and consistent staffing," he said.

He told Fox parents of children at the day care are very well aware of what the allegation is.

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